Monday, February 9, 2015

Sinopia: Beneath The Surface

Lorenzo Di Bicci, Tabernacle of the Madonnone

Sinopia: A large drawing on a wall made in preparation for painting a mural, which served as a guide to the artist for the general lines of his composition. It was done on the rough coat of plaster or arriccio, first in charcoal, then gone over sometimes in diluted ochre, and finally retraced in a red earth pigment called sinopia, because it came originally from Sinope, a town on the black Sea. Its use was especially popular from the mid-thirteenth to mid-fourteenth centuries, at the end of the sixteenth century, and during the early seventeenth century.

The definition above and many of the images below were scanned from the book The Great Age of Fresco: Giotto to Pontormo

left: unknown artist (early 13th century) / right: Pistoiese Master, Crucifixion (c1250)

left: Francesco d'Antonio di Bartolommeo, St. Ansanus (15th century) / right: School of Perugino (15th century)

Master of the Fogg Pieta, St. Onuphrius and Scenes From His Life (14th century)

Master Of The Chiostro degli Aranci, Miracle Of The Raven And The Poisened Bread (15th century)

left: Sinopia (artist unkown) / right: Andrea del Castagno, Resurrection (15th century)

Paolo Schiavo, Madonna and Child Enthroned (15th century)


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