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Whether you are looking for an original tempera painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 17,034 original tempera paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Tempera paintings, (specifically made of egg tempera) were the most common choice for artists before oil became the dominant western paint medium during the High Renaissance. Browse our online tempera paintings gallery below to see an incredible selection of tempera paintings for sale —from realist to expressionist to abstract.

Tempera painting was used for adorning sarcophagi in Roman-occupied Egypt as well ancient Hindu temples in India. The medium was also used extensively in medieval Europe, primarily for the many sacred panel paintings created by Greek and Roman iconography artists during that period. Oils eventually gained favor among painters, especially in the Netherlands, though some Italian and many Greek and Russian artists continued to use the older medium. Tempera paintings enjoyed a revival, however, in the nineteenth century when groups of artists (e.g. Pre-Raphaelites, the Nazarenes, etc.) called for a return to older ideals and techniques. Likewise, the 20th century ushered in a significant tempera revival among groups of artists across the world, notably the Art Students League of New York, Social Realists, and artists of the Bengal school in India.

Some of the world’s most renowned tempera paintings created before the 17th century include: “Maesta” (1308-11) and “Stroganoff Madonna and Child” (1300) by Duccio Di Buoninsegna; “The Annunciation: (1432-34) by Fra Angelico; “Virgin and Child”; “The Battle of San Romano” (1440) by Paolo Uccello; “Birth of Venus” (1482-86) and “La Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli; “Pieta” (1494-95) by Perugino; “Supper at Emmaus” (1601) by Caravaggio. English Romantic poet and artist William Blake was known for creating tempera works including “The Last Supper” (1799), “Eve Tempted by the Serpent” (1799-1800) and “The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth” (1805). Notable tempera artists of the late 19th and 20th century include Edvard Munch, Otto Dix, Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollack, Bridget Riley, George Tooker, and Paul Cadmus.

The traditional method of creating tempera paint is to use egg yolk as a binder for the dried pigment.  This gelatinous mixture is then thinned with water. Tempera is a quick-drying paint that is typically applied in many transparent layers (i.e. ‘glazes’) to a pre-treated surface (usually a wooden panel) until the desired color saturation is achieved--making it a time-consuming process requiring much patience and skill. To obtain greater definition, tempera can be applied with a nearly-dry brush using a series of short unidirectional or crosshatch strokes, depending on the desired effect. The medium will dry to a matte finish. If more saturation is desired, the artist may apply a varnish which will deepen the colors. Also, if the artist desires color effects similar to oil paints, oil can be added to the paint in a 1:1 ratio with the egg yolk--a medium known as ‘tempera grassa.’

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the sundayfeeling of skipping a stone, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 23.6 H x 0.8 in
Netherlands
$1,620
Prints from $40
Refuge, Paintings image
Paintings, 59.1 W x 51.2 H x 1.2 in
$5,610
S. (Female nude), Paintings image
Paintings, 74.8 W x 35.4 H x 0.8 in
Czech Republic
$5,299
T102, Paintings image
Paintings, 59.1 W x 59.1 H x 1.2 in
Surfborderica / Just memories (for future dreams), Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 19.7 H x 1.2 in
$1,400
" Wie es Euch gefällt ", Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$3,150
I, Paintings image
Paintings, 10.2 W x 12.6 H x 1 in
Norway
$1,750
To the Sea, Paintings image
Paintings, 78.7 W x 59.1 H x 0.8 in
Netherlands
$5,700
Prints from $53
Winter, Paintings image
Paintings, 61 W x 66.9 H x 1 in
Norway
$7,150
Prints from $40
dancer 3, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$1,050
T77, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 in
$3,510
Prints from $100
Tectonic27, Paintings image
Paintings, 74.8 W x 51.2 H x 0.8 in
T82, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 in
$3,510
Prints from $100
Form IV, Paintings image
Paintings, 21.3 W x 28.7 H x 0.8 in
lake view, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 18 H x 0.1 in
United States
$395
Prints from $63
The Annunciation, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 35 H x 1 in
Norway
$3,450
Stacking 1, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.9 H x 0.8 in
$1,250
Prints from $40
At the top of the hill, Paintings image
Paintings, 29.5 W x 27.6 H x 1.2 in
$2,290
Energy plant, Paintings image
Paintings, 7.1 W x 9.4 H x 0 in
$560
Prints from $95
Plan-Profondeur T106, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
The Secret Life of Orbs, Paintings image
Paintings, 16.1 W x 10.6 H x 0.8 in
Circles, Paintings image
Paintings, 70.9 W x 70.9 H x 1.2 in
Reigen, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
$2,650
Active 5, Paintings image
Paintings, 35 W x 47.2 H x 0.8 in
$1,540
"My Favorite Things", Paintings image
Paintings, 40 W x 50 H x 1.5 in
United States
$4,170
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