Best Answer

They used egg yolk as the binding agent to stick the colored pigment to the wooden panel, since egg dries quickly.

User Avatar

Wiki User

10y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Why did Medieval artists add egg yolk to their tempera colors?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

What is temperament?

Tempera was the commonest technique before oil painting was invented in the 15th century. It is powder color mixed with egg yolk. Some artists use it even today. (tempera ın romanian is colors like paste to make desen is used more ın primare school.)

If you were painting with tempera what would you be using to bind together colour pigments?

Egg yolk. Tempera is a type of paint that uses egg yolk as a binding agent to hold together the color pigments.

'Tempera' is a painting term true or false?

Its true. It is because the word "tempera" means, a process of painting in which an albuminous. Such as an egg yolk.

What is egg Tempera?

It was the artists painting medium favored by such Masters as Michelangelo. More recently it has been popularized by artists such as George Tooker and Andrew Wyeth. In it's simplest form egg tempera is a type of paint that is made from dry colored pigments, egg yolk and distilled water. The paint dries fast and is very brittle. It must be painted thinly and in short strokes and must be painted on a rigid absorbent surface. More information and a demo can be found here:

Why egg yolk is used for ink?

Egg yolk is used for making ink because it is permanent. Egg yolk is also used to create tempera paint because it allows for a glossy look when it dries.

What happens to oil when you mix it with an egg yolk?

Egg yolk by itself dries up and cracks, but in the middle ages it was very popular to create a yellow color for a paint. To create this paint (called Tempera) the egg yolk would be added to oil on a 1:1 basis. The two substances become a solution, and the oil keeps the egg yolk in a consistency we think of with paint (thick and viscuous). Some sort of acidic substance is also added usually, like vinegar or white wine. When the tempera is used for painting, it dries quickly, and the oil causes the pigment in the egg to bond with the surface that is painted. See the related link for examples of Tempera art.

What characterizes do tempera paintings?

I think you mean: what characterizes tempera paintings? The answer is: 1. the materials used, 2. the look of the paintings in different light conditions and 3. the permanence of the paintings. 1.Tempera is made using the yolk of an egg mixed with distilled water and cloured pigment. 2.Tempera paintings do not have a shiny glare in some lighting conditions unlike oil paintings. 3.Tempera lasts (potentially) millenia, not just hundreds of years, with variable results.

What materials did giotto use?

Giotto used tempera type paints - pigments with a binder of egg yolk or sizing. He painted wet plaster (fresco) or on wood.

Prior to the Renaissance and the widespread use of oil-based paints with what substance were images created A Gesso B Tempera C Chalk D Ink E None of the above?

Egg Tempera is the oldest paint known. A mixture of powdered pigmentation and egg yolk.

What painting media did the ancient Egyptians use?

The ancient Egyptians used the heads of reeds and wheat for their paint brushes. They painted on stone, and papyrus.

How do you make your own eggshell paint?

Egg tempera requires another ingredient besides egg yolk and pigment to prevent it from drying too quickly. This other ingredient could be vinegar or wine.

What was paint made out of in medieval times?

It was made of ground up pigment or plants roots mixed with water and eggshell and yolk