Marwan, Untitled, 1977. Tempera on canvas, 55 x 33 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah. Photographed by Capital D
In this issue, we go back to basics and review definitions of frequently (or infrequently) words in the art world while referencing art from the MENASA region.

IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES, YOU’LL DISCOVER AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ART-RELATED WORDS PAIRED WITH ARTWORKS THAT BEST ILLUSTRATE EACH WORD’S MEANING. ALL WORKS ARE BY MIDDLE EASTERN ARTISTS WHO HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE IMPRINT UPON THE INTERNATIONAL ART SCENE.

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TEMPERA

A method of painting popular in Europe between the 12th and 13th century, where pigment is added to egg yolk and sometimes water to create a fast-drying, permanent and inexpensive medium of painting.

Marwan, Untitled, 1977. Tempera on canvas, 55 x 33 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah. Photographed by Capital D
Marwan, Untitled, 1977. Tempera on canvas, 55 x 33 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah. Photographed by Capital D

TINT

Any hue or mixture of pure colours with only white added, not grey. A tint is used to lighten the colour and doesn’t make it brighter.

Samia Halabi, White Cube in Brown Cube, 1969. Oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, photographed by Capital D
Samia Halabi, White Cube in Brown Cube, 1969. Oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, photographed by Capital D

TONE

Produced either by mixing a colour with grey, or by both tinting and shading.

Jafar Islah, Colours with Black and Grey. 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 63 x 44 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, photographed by Capital D.
Jafar Islah, Colours with Black and Grey. 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 63 x 44 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, photographed by Capital D.

A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, ART GLOSSARY #52 PAGE 139-141.

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