The Egg Tempera Painting Technique. (Painting Techniques of the Renaissance).
The egg tempera painting technique was the main method of applying paint to panel throughout the early renaissance. As the title suggests the pigment is mixed with egg, using the white of the egg or the yolk results in different effects, the mixture is fast drying and permanent. Egg tempera has been discovered on early Egyptian decorations and the painting technique was also used throughout the Byzantine period. Typically a wooden panel was prepared by covering the surface with layers of gesso (made with gypsum mixed with animal glue and worked into a thick paste).