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What is the origin of the Encaustic technique?
Encaustic painting is made from a mixture of pigments dissolved in molten wax. Encaustic is a preparation based on beeswax (binder) and different essences (essence of turpentine, color pigments). It is used to maintain furniture and wax parquet floors, but this mixture is also used in painting. Encaustic painting, or wax painting, has been known since Antiquity, and mainly concerns painting on wood. Its oldest use dates back to the portraits of the Fayum, found on sarcophagi in Egypt dating from the 1st to the 5th century. Many famous artists have used or still use this technique to achieve some of their works. We can notably quote Leonardo da Vinci (in his mural The Battle of Anghiari), William Bouguereau (The Dance), Simon Hantai, or even François Rouan or Philippe Cognée.
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