It was painted in tempera about 1495, in commemoration of the battle of Fornovo, which Ginfrancesco Gonzaga found it convenient to represent to his lieges as an Italian victory, though in fact it had been a French victory; the church which originally housed the picture was built from Mantegna's own design.
The tempera vehicle, perhaps including new experimental ingredients, did not long hold firmly to its plaster ground, nor that to the wall.
Very soon after this Baptism, he moved to oils; he moved from tempera painting to oils, so changed again.
Using markers or tempera paint, children can paint the egg carton cup red.
Place a bit of tempera paint onto some plain wrapping paper, then give your child a straw.