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A Linseed oil and Mastic resin mixture that was used as a painting medium in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel-like medium had good working properties and produced a shiny enamel film. However, megilp deteriorated with age becoming cracked, blistered, and discolored.

Synonyms and Related Terms

migilpe (Port.); magilp; McGuilp; Macgilp; meglip (sp)


Becomes brittle and yellow with age.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Thinned with turpentine

Resources and Citations

  • R. Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Viking Press, New York, 1981.
  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
  • George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997