tem·​pera | \ ˈtem-pə-rə How to pronounce tempera (audio) \

Definition of tempera

1 : a process of painting in which an albuminous or colloidal medium (such as egg yolk) is employed as a vehicle instead of oil also : a painting done in tempera

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Recent Examples on the Web Art will be judged in two categories: drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, or pastel) and painting (oils, watercolors, tempera, acrylics or pastel). Staff Report, NOLA.com, "4th Annual NAMIWalks St. Tammany Goes Virtual," 6 Sep. 2020 Because Giampietrino used oil paint on canvas, as opposed to Leonardo's tempera and oil paint on a dry wall, the proxy has withstood the test of time much better than the original work. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "New Details in 'The Last Supper' Revealed, Including Jesus's Feet," 22 June 2020 This morning, while my partner took a work call, my children dumped six large bottles of tempera paint all over our rug, sofa and dining table, extending to the bathroom and kitchen. Kevin Noble Maillard, New York Times, "Parenting by FaceTime in Coronavirus Quarantine," 20 Mar. 2020 The panels were painted in egg tempera on hardboard. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "These ‘missing’ Jacob Lawrence paintings are finally in a museum — and they’re masterpieces," 24 Jan. 2020 Artists can bring other art materials such as pastels, tempera paint, tape, stencil. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land Chalk art competition deadline extended until Aug. 28," 22 Aug. 2019 So understated are these frames that one’s attention remains firmly on the works themselves, with their bright egg-tempera colors and their first steps toward naturalism. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "Extreme Makeover: Renaissance Edition," 1 Aug. 2018 The penguins dip their feet into the washable tempera paint and run amock over the canvases, adding their personal, creative touches. Kelsey Grey, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise's penguins feature their artistic talents," 19 June 2018 Parents can turn prevention into a fun family project by taking a chalk pen or tempera paints and drawing on windows. Christina Tkacik, Howard County Times, "As Howard County glass buildings kill birds, local groups aim to save avian lives," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of tempera

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tempera

borrowed from Italian, "tempera, mixture, temperament, constitution" (in modern Italian usually tempra in figurative senses), noun derivative of temperare, temprare "to mix in the proper proportion, moderate," going back to Latin temperāre "to moderate, bring to a proper strength or consistency by mixing" — more at temper entry 2

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The first known use of tempera was in 1832

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11 Sep 2020

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“Tempera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempera. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tempera

: a kind of paint in which the color is mixed with water and usually egg

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