Pontormosinopia

The Sinopia

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3. a number of giornate, or day’s painting, is defined, based on the artist’s experience of how much he or she can paint in the roughly eight hours available while the plaster remains “fresh,” or able to bond the pigments onto its surface

4. the wall is prepared with its base coats; the second, the arriccio or brown coat, will receive the brushed outline drawing of the composition known as the sinopia, in part to study the final effect in situ and partly to serve as a map of the various giornate

The Sinopia

5. the sinopia is transferred to the dry arriccio by pouncing, and the dots of pigment are connected by brush with the same pigment and a bit of lime water

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