Gesso grosso

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A traditional initial gesso layer containing coarse Anhydrite (anhydrous calcium sulfate) particles in Hide glue. Gesso grosso was used as a ground layer for panel paintings, sculptures and decorative plasterwork. This base coat was covered with one or more coats of fine gypsum particles (gesso sottile).

Resources and Citations

  • Art in the Making: Italian paintings before 1400
  • The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996 Comment: "Gesso" Jonathan Stephenson
  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966