Mural Painting

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Page 172 - ... of fish-glue, put it in water, and leave until it is well softened, and as it were melted, when you must manipulate it until it becomes like paste, and throw it into the water with wax, and make all boil together ; then add to it about an ounce and a half of mastic, and boil it with the other...
Page 55 - When the painter is unable to finish a portion at once, or is compelled to leave it during the day for a considerable time, the Munich artists have a contrivance which arrests the drying of the work. A board is padded on one side, the cushion being covered with waxed cloth ; a wet piece of fine linen is then spread over the fresh plaster and painting, and pressed to the surface of the wall by the cushioned side of the board, while the other side is buttressed firmly by a pole from the ground. When...
Page 150 - God's infinite power, infinite wisdom, and infinite love and mercy ; and since no undertaking, however small, can have a beginning or an end without these three things, — that is, without the power to do, without knowledge, and without...
Page 151 - ... and since in God every perfection is eminently united ; now to the end that in this our calling, however unworthy it may be, we may have a good beginning and a good ending in all our...
Page 152 - ... other than he may have promised to employ — as, for instance, alloyed gold for fine gold, tin for silver, cobalt blue for ultramarine, indigo for azure, red ochre or carmine for 'cinabrese' — should be punished and fined upon every conviction ten
Page 3 - ... with figures of persons walking, sailing, or proceeding to their villas on asses or in carriages. Then, too, there are others to be seen fishing, fowling, or gathering in the vintage. In some of his decorations there are fine villas to be seen, and roads to them across the marshes, with women making bargains to be carried across on men's shoulders, who move along slipping at every step and tottering beneath their load ; with numberless other subjects of a similar nature, redolent of mirth and...
Page 134 - ... strong of lime) in the medium slightly diluted with about a third of turpentine, and paint the surface thickly, and when sufficiently evaporated to bear a second coat, add it as thickly as a brush can lay it. This, when dry, for which two or three weeks may be required, produces a perfect surface — so white that colours upon it have all the internal light of Buon Fresco and the transparency of pure water colours — and it is so absorbent that their attachment is complete.
Page 172 - ... when you must manipulate it until it becomes like paste, and throw it into the water with wax, and make all boil together ; then add to it about an ounce and a half of mastic, and boil it with the other ingredients. Take some of this water on a knife-blade, or piece of iron, to ascertain whether it is done: if it is like glue, it is all right. Strain this water while hot or secher par un jour, puis polissiez dun dent.
Page 126 - Sisapo,66 a territory of Baetica, the mine of minium there forming a part of the revenues of the Roman people. Indeed there is nothing guarded with a more constant circumspection ; for it is not allowable to reduce and refine the ore upon the spot, it being brought to Rome in a crude state and under seal, to the amount of about two thousand pounds per annum. At Rome, the process of washing is performed, and, in the sale of it, the price is regulated by statute ; it not being allowed to exceed
Page 66 - fresco secco," as opposed to ':buon fresco,") which is still commonly practised in Italy and in Munich. The method has been thus described. The plastering having been completed, and lime and sand only having been used for the last coat, the whole is allowed to dry thoroughly. It is then rubbed with pumice-stone, and the evening before the painting is to be commenced, the surface is well wetted with water in which a little lime has been mixed. The wall is again moistened the next morning; the cartoons...

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