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Varnishes and the Most Curious Secrets Cremona, 1747



This study is based on a collection of recipes in an 18th-century manuscript in a Milan library. Based on this manuscript, Gheroldi, Stefania Vitale and Luciano Colombo provide the cultural background to the amateurs who wrote artistic recipe books and their preferences and technical skills in preparing varnishes for paintings as well as ‘Chinese varnishes’ and varnishes for miniature paintings.Two further essays deal with 18th-century varnishes for violin making and restoration. This is a fascinating stimulus to understanding the techniques of the Golden Age of Cremonese instruments and to further experimentation for contemporary violin makers.