Antico Fresco - Sinopia - XVIth century, Museum - red earth / pigments - mid 16th century

Antico Fresco - Sinopia - XVIth century, Museum - red earth / pigments - mid 16th century

Ancient fresco / 16th-century sinopia on canvas

Lombardy, Italy.

Fragment on canvas, detached from wall. Very rare preparatory fresco detached in the 1980s from a wall of a noble palace in Lombardy. It depicts two winged lions with female faces and, in the centre, a crown and a heraldic coat of arms. There is part of the original crack and 16th century pigments visible to the naked eye. There has been a recent reconstructive and conservative restoration.

Documented work, free sale
Not subject to constraints or limitations
Expertise on paper

Measurements: 58 X 139 cm

Estimated value: Euro 1,200.00 to 1,600.00

A sinopia is a preparatory design used for fresco painting and mosaic painting. It requires a special red clay that originally was available in Sinope, on the Black Sea.

Once this phase is completed, the drawing is progressively covered with the last layer of plaster.

Sinopia was widely used until the early 16th century, when it was gradually replaced by graffiti (signs obtained by pressing on the outline of the preparatory design) and pouncing (drawings performed on cartons then drilled along the contours and pounced with charcoal powder so that dotted lines appear on the wall).

Lot details
Antico Fresco - Sinopia - XVIth century, Museum
red earth / pigments
Estimated Period
Mid 16th century
Country of Origin
Fair condition - heavily used & with possibly minor parts missing
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