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For Immediate Release:

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

Andrew Wyeth painted most of his significant paintings in egg tempera, which he described as having "no limitation." Come hear a special lecture on the painter's medium of choice Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m.

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.

Brandywine River Museum, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6-12; free for children under six and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon through November 24 (except May 26 during the Annual Antiques Show).

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