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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)

Other Properties

Thinned with turpentine

Hazards and Safety

Becomes brittle and yellow with age.

Additional Information

R. Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Viking Press, New York, 1981.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • 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