Tempera was a primary medium for artistic expression in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. Mid-20th century America saw a re-emergence of paintings created with tempera.
Tempera painting experienced a renaissance in the work of a large number of mostly unconnected American artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, Jacob Lawrence, and Andrew Wyeth among others. The focus is on four centers where tempera painting was revived - Yale University School of Art, the Art Students League of New York, the studio of N. C. Wyeth in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and the Kansas City Art Institute - and the historical, cultural, and philosophical factors that drove the revival, including the Great Depression and the Works Progress Administration.
It also examines the medium in great detail, its materials and preparation, and arrives at a definition of tempera. Moreover, the results of extensive analysis of certain works of art is included.
Details: By Richard Boyle, Richard Newman & Hilton Brown
published 2002, 256 pages, softcover