back Back

Cracking the Secret to Renaissance Art: Why Some Paintings were Egged

Mar. 29, 2023.
1 min. read Interactions

Adding egg to oil paints helped Renaissance artists prevent yellowing and cracking. However ...

About the Writer

Lewis Farrell

37.75457 MPXR

Highly curious about things that increase my awareness, expand my perception, and make me open to being a better person.

Researchers from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology compared oil-egg recipes to plain oil paint and discovered that adding egg yolk to oil paint slowed oxidation and created strong links between pigment particles. The paint became stiffer, making it ideal for impasto techniques.

Adding egg yolk also reduced wrinkling, which can occur when oil paints dry at different rates. But too much egg yolk may cause the paint to take longer to dry, making it difficult for artists to add the next layer. One of many hidden secrets in Renaissance art that have yet to be discovered.

Understanding the scientific properties of Renaissance art materials can help with art preservation efforts. It can also allow people to appreciate the creative process and final product of these masterpieces.

Source: Science News
Images: MidJourney, Prompts by Lewis Farrell

Interesting story? Please click on the 👍 button below!

Let us know your thoughts! Sign up for a Mindplex account now, join our Telegram, or follow us on Twitter

Comment on this content


0 thoughts on “Cracking the Secret to Renaissance Art: Why Some Paintings were Egged



💯 💘 😍 🎉 👏
🟨 😴 😡 🤮 💩

Here is where you pick your favorite article of the month. An article that collected the highest number of picks is dubbed "People's Choice". Our editors have their pick, and so do you. Read some of our other articles before you decide and click this button; you can only select one article every month.

People's Choice