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For Immediate Release:

Tools of the Artist:  Egg Tempera Demonstration and Lecture March 21, 11 a.m.

© Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009),Ides of March, 1974, tempera, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Fowler
CHADDS FORD, PA, March 4, 2013 - The Brandywine River Museum will present a special lecture on the painter's medium of egg tempera on March 21 at 11 a.m. Andrew Wyeth painted most of his significant paintings in egg tempera, which he described as having "no limitation."

Brian Baade and Kristin deGhetaldi, painting conservators at the University of Delaware, will discuss the use of egg tempera from the early Renaissance to its displacement by oil painting after the 1500s, and to the medium's resurgence in the 20th century. They will explain the materials historically used for tempera painting and introduce the scientific tools used for their identification. Demonstrations will include creating organic pigments and painting with egg tempera.

Virginia O'Hara, curator of collections at the museum, will speak briefly about artists represented in the museum's collection-including Andrew Wyeth, Peter Hurd and George Weymouth-whose preferred medium was egg tempera.

The program is free for members and included in museum admission.

Visitors to the museum may also enjoy the exhibition, Andrew Wyeth's "Ides of March:" The Making of a Masterpiece," on view March 16 through May 19, before or after the egg tempera lecture. The exhibition includes Ides of March, a rarely seen tempera painting, plus more than 30 of the studies that were instrumental to Wyeth's development of the composition.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6, for students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, through November 24, except during the annual Antiques Show on Memorial Day weekend. Tickets for the Kuerner Farm and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio tours cost an additional $8 each (free for members). For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or

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