I just had the pleasure of attending a week-long workshop on water gilding given by the wonderful people at Florenceart Studio. I've been oil gilding since the beginning of my career, but never took on the more arcane world of water gilding. I decided that it was time to learn – and learn well, from those with deep experience and expertise. This class was just what I needed, and I highly commend it to anyone who wants to learn this old-world art form.
In my ongoing fascination with 14th and 15th century panel paintings, I was very fortunate to spend some time experiencing these pieces in person while in Florence. The sheer numbers of these works on display, all in different conditions and states of restoration, gave me much insight about their technical and symbolic aspects.
My focus of study is not on the tempera painting per se, but the gilded parts of these works, and the associated punch and incision work done upon the gold, especially in the rendition of the halos of saints.
This is huge and historic – took me a day for it to really sink in. Another point for Einstein, almost exactly 100 years later...
Also deep respect to the LIGO team who built this amazing experiment.