Precious stone imitations, paper and parchment applications

Precious Stone Imitations

The crowns and the borders of dresses of wooden sculptures frequently were decorated with precious stone imitations. At the same time precious stone imitations were not only created from wood, but also rock crystals, semi-precious stones or even pieces of glass. They were simply pressed into the gesso ground, but sometimes they were doweled to the painted or gilded surface.

Paper and Parchment Applications

From the Early Middle Ages onward, the common decoration types of painted sculptures were applications made from paper or parchment. Small disks or stars were cut from paper or parchment, the surface of which was gilded or painted and then the small discs were fixed.

(Sculptor from Fabriano: Virgin and Child, inv. no.: 1182)