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Glue-size painting

Glue-size painting - sometimes called distemper and in Italian guazzo - consists of pigments bound in animal skin glue or size.

The colours, usually applied to canvas, dry matt and relatively opaque and the paint surfaces are left unvarnished.

Since they are delicate and vulnerable to water damage only a few examples have survived, although the technique was common, especially in the 15th century.
 
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