Visual Arts


Danse Macabre (Dance of Death): Other:
  • Paolo Tedeschi - Artisti istriani poco noti
  • Željko Bistrović, History of Conservation of Medieval Mural Paintings in Istria
  • Analysis of mural paintings in Istria (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/17899879/) face="Arial" size="2"> Mazzocchin GA, Rudello D, Maraković N, Marić I. Ann Chim. 2007 Aug;97(8):655-63.

    Department of Physical Chemistry, University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Calle Larga S. Marta 2137, 30123 Venice, Italy. gian.antonio.mazzocchin@unive.it

    Fragments of wall paintings from Istria, coming from the Basilica of Guran near Vodnjan, from the cemeterial Church of Saint Simeon in Guran and from the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria Alta near Bale were studied. The analytical instrumental techniques used were Optical Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy equipped with an EDS microanalysis detector, X Ray diffraction, FTIR infrared Spectroscopy and Raman Spectroscopy. Red and yellow pigments used in Guran and Bale have bean derived from red and yellow istrian bauxites, as already demonstrated for works from 11th to 15th century. The blue pigment found in the paintings of the Bale Chapel is a lapislazzuli blue; this fact confirms the literature data referring to the period from 11th to the 16th century. The materials and pigments used at Bale and Guran fit with the Istrian tradition and history of painting going back to the first Carolingian period.

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