Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Word of the Day: "SCAGLIOLA"


Pronounced: "skal YOE luh"

An Italian faux painted "inlaid marble and stone" technique developed in 17th century Italy to imitate pietra dura (inlaid hard stones like marble) surfaces created in the Florentine Medici workshops; it is typically painted on solid slate and made of crushed selenite, marble, plaster of Paris, and animal sizing (i.e., glue). 

Although scagliola was conceived as a less costly alternative to pietra dura, antique examples of it today often fetch prices comparable to the inlaid stone technique.

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