Pastiglia

Pastiglia

This technique is used for imitating the patterns of decorated silk-brocades. The backgrounds of shrines were frequently decorated by this method. The desired pattern was carved into the thick ground and then usually the bole needed to fix gold on the surface was applied. Finally, it was gilded using gold hammered into thin sheets.

(Jörg Lederer: Winged Altarpiece, inv. no.: 76.9)