Roman Painting

Roman Painting. Wall Paintings, Fayum Portraits and Polychrome Statuary. Conservation, Materials and Context.

Göteborg 2000. ISSN 1101-3303.


Some ancient techniques, encaustic painting and ganosis, are at focus in this PhD dissertation. The principal material connecting the techniques is beeswax, or Punic wax. either as paint or surface coating. The techniques are related to Fayum portraits, to Roman wall painting, and to Hellenistic and Roman polychrome statuary. Theoretic issues connected to ancient and modern interpretations of terms and techniques are discussed and experiments were made with the intention of testing the applicability in modern art, craft and professional conservation. The results are presented in six case studies.

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