Casein Paint  was used in Pompei as neither oil paint nor acrylic existed at the time. Painters used milk- and egg- based paints with pigments.

Pompei housed four styles of paintings up to the eruption in 79 AD. The so-called 3rd style is contemporary with Emperor Augustus and developed elegant designs of improbable folliage supporting temples with animals and people and so on. These intricate decorations painted with casein-based paints  were discovered in the 18th century in caves ("grotto") and the style known as "grotesca" became highly fashionable all over Europe.

The first four pictures presented here are inspired from 18th century models.

Casein paint can be very resistant and gives great brightness to pigments. This led Anne to using it frequently.

She painted a shop sign with it - and it stands in the street under the hard rain, the harsh winds and the ruthless sun of the Med.

Another example is the canvas titled "Aqua Alta", last of the series presented hereafter  -  a sad tribute given to the prestigious city of Venise that inspired so many great artists and talented decorators.

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