It was probably painted in water-colours with white of egg or glue on a medium of gesso.
Figs. 15 and 16 are mirrors decorated with gesso ornament, to which, however, little justice can be done in a photograph.
The “lacquer” ware of Kurnool has been said to be perhaps the finest Indian gesso work produced anywhere.
Throw away the water, make it into cakes, and let it dry; and this gesso is sold by the druggists to our painters.
The plaster, in this case, is to be considered as the gesso ground on panel or canvas.
No color is so noble as the color of a good painting on canvas or gesso.
Both frame and picture are in a bad state, the gesso having scaled off in places.
The evidence is in favour of white grounds, of size and gesso.
One will take naturally to oil-painting, another may 68 find clay or gesso her means of artistic expression.