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Albertus Pictor: a Medieval master painter and his pigments
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2018 (English)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, Vol. 113, no 2, p. 89-102Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The German-born artist Albertus Pictor (†1509) was responsible for the decoration of the walls and vaults of about 35 Swedish churches. In terms of the brilliant technique and the overwhelming production volume, his workshop was outstanding in Medieval Sweden. This study analyses a total of 291 samples of pigmentsfrom nine churches containing murals attributed to the workshop. Some of the results have already been published, but here they are integrated with new data.Isotope measurements of 13 lead pigments have been made. A tenth church with aquestionable attribution, Öja on Gotland, has also been investigated with nine samples. One purpose of this study is to find out which pigments Albertus' workshop preferred. Another aim is to show how chemical data can complement art historians' judgments concerning the master of a mural. Furthermore, the origins of the pigments are discussed. Our results indicate that Albertus Pictor used a rather limited number of pigments, and that he preferred pigments from his native country, Germany.

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Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2018. Vol. 113, no 2, p. 89-102
Keywords [sv]
Medeltiden, Kvantitativ analys (kemi), Isotoper, Färgämnen, Svenskt muralmåleri, Kyrkor, Skandinavien
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Visual Arts History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:raa:diva-5373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:raa-5373DiVA, id: diva2:1272864
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-05-21Bibliographically approved

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