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Natural Pigments Blue Pigments: 5000 Years of Art and Industry

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Natural Pigments Blue Pigments: 5000 Years of Art and Industry
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Blue Pigments: 5000 Years of Art and Industry
Author: Francois Delamare
ISBN-10: 1904982379
ISBN-13: 978-1904982371
Archetype Publications, 2009
Size: 189 x 20 x 249 mm (7.4 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches). 442 pages. Illustrations: 68 pages of color and halftone images and diagrams. Paperback.

In the natural world, blue rocks from which objects can be fashioned are rare—a few marbles, lapis-lazuli and related rocks, and minerals containing copper. However those which, once ground, can be used as pigments are exceptional. Only lapis-lazuli and azurite come to mind. The long absence of blues from the palettes of our distant ancestors is therefore easy to explain as is the fact that blue pigments have always been an expensive commodity which became the objects of a very lucrative trade, spanning continents and oceans.

The primary goal of this book is to show how much ingenuity man has needed to employ in order to make blue materials. From Egyptian blue to copper phthalocyanine, ranging through Maya and Han blues, smalt, blue ashes, Prussian blue and artificial ultramarine, we cannot help but be in awe of the variety of technical solutions found. Each civilization has produced its own solution, or sequence of solutions. Thus one can say that blue pigments can be considered as markers of civilizations.

Contents: Egyptian blue, the blue pigment of Mediterranean antiquity: From Egyptian history to Roman caeruleum

Zaffre, smalt, bleu d'esmail and azure: Tribulations of Saxon cobalt

Natural ultramarine: The essence of the blue pigment

German azurite and English blue verditer: Favorite pigments of European painters

Prussian blue: An unexpected destiny

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Natural Pigments is a limited liability company based in Willits, California. We manufacture and distribute rare and hard-to-find materials for fine artists and decorators. We specialize in supplying artists' materials that were used in historical painting since pre-historic times up to and including the nineteenth century.

We constantly search for materials and products of the finest quality so that we can bring them direct to you from the source. To do so, we travel the world to find materials specifically for use by professional artists and decorators. We obtain minerals from mines in Afghanistan, Chile, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, to name a few places, processing these into natural pigments. We purchase resins, gums and plants from India, Kenya and Malaysia to make natural varnishes and painting mediums.

Our mission is to provide the largest variety of natural pigments, paints and other professional artists' supplies, enabling us to bring you a selection that makes shopping for rare and hard-to-find art materials easy. Our objective is to promote the education and use of these materials among artists by providing detailed information for their employment in encaustic, fresco, oil, watercolor and tempera painting.
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