Academic thesis

Astrid Gielow: Haloes in relief in paintings from Cologne during the middle ages Back
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Abstract: Haloes in relief formed from concentric rings of various diameter are a common occurrence in
painting from Cologne during the middle ages. They are directly applied to the canvas or
wooden panel by scribing an arc of soft malleable material with the purpose made template. The
study and cataloguing of existing paintings with relief Haloes in the collection of the WRM in
Cologne and the investigation into their application and use, is the focus of this work.
Furthermore, attempts have been made to recreate a suitable malleable material and working
templates. The marks left by the templates used to reconstruct the Haloes were examined whilst
lit from above and from the side and also under x-rays in order to compare them with the
originals. In addition the typical characteristics of drawn, carved and moulded Haloes are


Keywords: relief Haloes, relief ornament, late Gothic painting, Middle Ages, Cologne, painting technique, 1400-1500
  • academic institution: Technische Hochschule Köln
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Hans Portsteffen
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl.-Rest. Iris Schaefer
  • date:  2005
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  219
  • pictures:  363

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