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Some info on Encaustic
Encaustic is a very old medium, as in BC era.
The basis of Encaustic is natural beeswax, damar resin (tree sap), color pigment and fire (or heat).
Encaustic comes from the Greek word Enkausis which means to burn in.
During an exaction of an ancient Egyptian necropolis (city of the dead), in Hawana, at the entrance of the Fayum Basin in 1888, a British Archaeologist found a burial site from the Greco – Roman period that contained a variety of mummy portraits. The Greek portraiture became an integral part of the Egyptian funeral ritual.
Portraits of the deceased were painted on wood panels that were placed on the mummy at the height of the face and were wrapped around with cloth to be fastened in.
The were painted with Encaustic.
Approximately 900 mummy portraits have been excavated worldwide and many are seen in museums today.
The 2000 plus year old wax pictures are in astonishing, almost immaculate condition with the colors still very rich, intense, fresh and with amazing brilliance.
Encaustic was replaced by the less costly technique of tempura painting and soon it was forgotten.
Leonardo da Vinci tried it in 1505.
Diego Rivera painted walls in Mexico City in the 1920’s with wax.
Encaustic in the past 15 – 20 years is making a comeback