The Materials and Craft of Early Iconographers

  • Mihaela D. Leonida

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Materials book series (BRIEFSMATERIALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 131-136

About this book


This book describes in detail the materials and techniques used by medieval iconographers. It offers information about the natural sources, the raw materials, the tools and the technologies involved in preparing them. The book allows entry into the secretive world of very knowledgeable and skilled artisans, about which very little is known. Topics covered include raw materials, pigments, binders, solvents, adhesives, inks and varnishes. Special chapters will be dedicated to the fresco technique as practiced by the early iconographers, grinding, painting on glass and the training/apprenticeship of these craftsmen.


Adhesives from Animal and Plant Sources Conserving Icons on Glass Dry vs. Wet Grinding Fresco and Secco Gilding Icons Hermeneias Inks used in Medieval Manuscripts Materials used by Iconographers Medieval Iconographers Medieval Painters

Authors and affiliations

  • Mihaela D. Leonida
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Natural ScienceFairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04827-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04828-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-1091
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-1105
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