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Italian Wax

Italian Wax

Medium of the Venetians

A variation on the Maroger medium, this medium was used by earlier masters such wax1.jpgas Titian and Tintoretto. Containing beeswax instead of mastic, this medium is perfect for those artists who prefer a thicker painting consistency, faster drying time and no odor.

"The fluid black oil and the addition of wax to the pigments, which gave them a somewhat fluffy, spongy texture, made possible many different ways of using this subtle technique. In addition to the mat quality, [the artist] now also possessed the means of the still more rapid execution, necessitated by the new conceptions of drawing that had but recently been brought about by the genius of Michelangelo Buonarotti.* " 


Painting with Layers


The Italian Wax Medium is perfectly compatible with Flemish Maroger. Many artists mix the Italian medium into their pigments to give the paint more body and a thicker consistency. This also helps to "build up the lights" and adds luminosity and impasto for the brightest passages of a painting.


Old Masters uses 100% natural ingredients to achieve superior handling and durability. Italian Wax Medium adds a rich and buttery texture, giving the paint a tactile quality and luminosity which no other medium can achieve.


* "Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Masters,"
by J. Maroger.


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