Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A painting medium in which pigment is mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size or egg yolk. Also called poster color, poster paint.
  • n. Painting done in this medium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medium used to bind pigments in painting, as well as the associated artistic techniques.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mode or process of painting; distemper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In painting, same as distemper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pigment mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size and egg yolk

Etymologies

Italian, from temperare, to mingle, from Latin temperāre; see temper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I had artichokes in tempera, whic was actually a bit more like noraml batter, so a bit greasy.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • The earliest Egyptian paintings to which it is possible to assign a date, are executed in tempera upon the walls of certain tombs made for the noble personages who were contemporary with King Khufu (better known as Cheops), the builder of the Great Pyramid.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • No, Angelina Jolie isn’t getting covered in tempera paint at Hands on Art (we could probably sell tickets to that).

    Marimekko and IMDb « Pennamite

  • It came about because he liked working in tempera, which is a type of paint that has egg as one of its constituents.

    Making Light: Open thread 137

  • The best kind of paint for young children is poster paint, also known as tempera paint, which you can buy at any art store in premixed liquid form or as a powder that must be mixed with water.

    The Toddler's Busy Book

  • It's interesting to me that in addition to tempera, which is what I presumed they always used, Al also mentions using acrylic paints for some effects involving glazing of transparent layers.

    Al Dempster Interviewed -- Part IV

  • And then there's Duo Duo, a related series of paintings, done on paper with egg and oil tempera, which is great-just plain great.

    Childhood in Ancient Greece-Rare and Beautiful Glimpses

  • Resulted in 2 hits for 'tempera', of which I represented 50% of the population.

    Palette Arrangements

  • His willingness to experiment in graphic art to create visual effects that exploited the tools and language unique to that medium, as in "woodcut-on-pewter" and white-line etchings, or simulated alla-prima painting, as in color prints, spilled over into painting, as is evinced by the experimental paintings in the Descriptive Catalogue, such as the Spiritual Form of Nelson, and his so-called "tempera" and "fresco" paintings, which capture the visual effects of color printing.

    Introduction

  • As regards technique, it seems likely that both of them practiced principally "tempera" painting, in which the colors are mixed with yolk of eggs or some other sticky non-unctuous medium.

    A History of Greek Art

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