Cera Colla (Wax Tempera)

Cera colla, a wax emulsion into which dry pigments/pigment pastes are mulled, resulting in a wax tempera, a waterborne but water-resistant paint with brilliant hues and luminous transparencies. This painting type/method, also called cold encaustic, was commonly used in the Byzantine period and can also be found in the work of the early Italien masters, and in modern times by the American abstract painter Arthur Dove (1880-1946).

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