Sun-thickened oil

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Description

A thick, partially oxidized form of linseed oil that dries faster than regular linseed oil. Sun-thickened linseed oil is prepared by allowing the oil to stand for a few days exposed to sunlight and air. It absorbs oxygen and becomes viscous. Sun-thickened linseed oil was used as a paint media since the 12th century.

Synonyms and Related Terms

aceite espesado al sol (Esp.); sun thickened oil; bodied linseed oil

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Reed Kay, The Painter's Guide To Studio Methods and Materials, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1983
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)