Strasbourg turpentine

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An aromatic, thick, viscous exudation obtained from the fir trees, such as Abies excelsa, Abies picea, Abies alba, and Abies pectinata, found in central Europe. Strasbourg turpentine contains about 57% resinous acids, 28% terpenes, and 13% resins. It is similar to Venice turpentine and has been used since the 16th century as an additive to oil paints.

Synonyms and Related Terms

olio d'Abezzo; trementina de Estrasburgo (Esp.); fir balsam; silver fir balsam "

Resources and Citations

  • 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)
  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985
  • Kurt Wehlte, The Materials and Techniques of Painting, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1975 Comment: p. 392
  • Paintings Specialty Group, Painting Conservation Catalog, Wendy Samet (ed.), AIC, Washington, DC, 1998
  • John S. Mills, Raymond White, The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects, Butterworth Heineman, London, 2nd ed., 1994

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