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-- Cennino Cennini, sometime before 1437

Egg Tempera Resources and Bibliography

Sources of Supplies
Web Resources
Reference Books

Sources of Supplies

Dick Blick Art Materials
PO Box 1267
Galesburg, IL 61402-1267
(800)828-4548
www.dickblick.com
Dry pigments, tube egg temperas, imitation gold leaf, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, gesso ingredients, hardboard panels, brushes, dust masks, general books. A good all-around art supplier.

Daniel Smith
4150 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98314
(800)426-7923
www.danielsmith.com
Dry pigments, tube egg temperas, gold & other leafs, gilding tools & supplies, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, gesso ingredients, hardboard panels, brushes, dust masks, general books. Beautifully produced catalogue of all-purpose 2-D supplies. Friendly, fast service. Catalogues also include how-to articles, advice & reviews.

Iconofile Inc.
PO Box 112
Willits, CA 95490
(707)459-9990
www.iconofile.com
Pigments, brushes, gilding and gessoing supplies, books, all with a focus on traditional eastern orthodox icon painting.

Kremer Pigments Inc.
247 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 219-2394
www.kremerpigments.com
Dry pigments (incredible range), pigments ground in water, rabbitskin glue, gesso ingredients, jars & bottles, brushes, dust masks, books. Prices are very good. They are helpful & willing to answer questions. The storefront is tiny, but well-stocked, if you have the chance to visit. Their catalogue contains a lot of information.

New York Central Art Supply Inc.
62 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(800)950-6111
www.nycentralart.com
Dry pigments (good assortment), tube egg temperas (wide range), gold & other leafs (good range), gilding tools & supplies, rabbitskin glue, chalk gesso mix, cradled unprimed panels, chalk gesso-primed panels, brushes, books. Excellent, all-purpose supply house with a laid-back attitude. The only drawback is the chaotic nature of their catalogue, which is really a half dozen or so leaflets, booklets, and inserts which are continually and haphazardly updated.

Sepp Leaf Products, Inc.
381 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
(800)971-7377
www.seppleaf.com
All kinds of gilding supplies.

Sinopia Pigments & Materials
1340 Bryant Street@Division
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415)824-3180
www.sinopia.com
"Pigments and Materials for Restoration, Interior Design, Fine Arts". Very similar to what Kremer Pigments carries, althhough Sinopia's prices are noticeably higher.

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Web Resources

The Society of Tempera Painters
The primo egg tempera information clearinghouse.

http://eggtempera.free.fr/
Translated from the French, a little quirkily. Charming and useful.

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Reference Books

Cole, Bruce, The Renaissance Artist at Work: From Pisano to Titian, Harper & Row, Publishers, New York 1994 (9th printing)

Feller, Robert L. ed. Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Volume 1, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1986

Fitzhugh, Elisabeth West ed., Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Volume 3, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1997

Gottsegen, Mark David, The Painter's Handbook, Revised and Expanded Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 2006

McCann, Michael, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1979

McCann, Michael, Health Hazards Manual for Artists, Nick Lyons Books, New York 1985

Ramos-Poquí, Guillem The Technique of Icon Painting, Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, PA 1991

Rossol, Monona, Artists Complete Health & Safety Guide 3rd Edition, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 2001

Roy, Ashok ed., Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Volume 2, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 1993

Sultan, Altoon, The Luminous Brush: Painting With Egg Tempera, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1999

Thompson, Jr., Daniel V., The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods, Dover Publications, Inc. 1962

Vickrey, Robert and Cochran, Diane New Techniques in Egg Tempera, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1989 (6th printing)

Wilcox, Michael The Wilcox Guide to the Best Watercolor Paints, Colour School Publications, London 1995

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