Rublev Colours Nicosia Green Earth is a transparent deep green with yellow undertones, medium grained and low tinting strength. Our Nicosia green earth is from glauconite deposits in Cyprus.
The color of glauconite, a mineral of hydrated iron potassium silicate, varies considerably from pale green to dark green and from bluish-green to olive-green, depending upon its constituent elements.
Natural green earths, such as Nicosia green, are transparent and are absolutely permanent in oil. Most oil colors labeled "green earth" from artists' paint manufacturers do not actually contain the natural mineral, but rather is a mixture of synthetic chromium oxide green and sometimes barium sulfate with either a natural yellow ochre or yellow iron oxide. Rublev Oil Colours Nicosia Green earth contains only the actual mineral and linseed oil.
Green earth was used in verdaccio--a style of underpainting that uses green-grey colors to establish values for later layers of paint. Verdaccio is renowned for being particularly effective when painting flesh tones. It was popular amongst Italian Renaissance artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci who used verdaccio underpainting in his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Rublev Oil Colour: Nicosia Green Earth
Note: Colors swatches are shown in mass tone, straight from the tube, on the left, and mixed with an equal amount of Titanium white on the right. All pictures of color swatches in this web site are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors the results you get may vary.
| Color Names |
|Common Names: || English: green earth |
French: terre verte
German: gr�ne Masse
Italian: terre verde
Portuguese: terra verde
Russian: зеленая земля
Spanish: tierra verde
| Color Information |
|Single Pigment: ||Natural Hydrated Iron Potassium Silicate |
|Binder: ||Linseed Oil |
|Pigment Information |
|Color: ||Green |
|Colour Index: ||Pigment Green 23 (77009) |
|Chemical Name: ||Hydrated Iron Potassium Silicate |
|Chemical Formula: ||K(Mg,Fe)(Fe,Al)Si4O10(OH)2 |
|ASTM Lightfastness: ||I |
|Opacity: ||Transparent |
|Tinting Strength: ||Low |
|Drying rate: ||Average |
Note: Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Oil Colours and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.