Rublev Colours Venetian White is a semi-opaque white ground in a blend of pale linseed and walnut oil that provides a stiff white, excellent for mixing with colors.
According to Salter's edition of George Field's Chromatography (1869), Venetian white was a commercial name in the 19th century for a white pigment mixture composed of equal parts of lead white (basic lead carbonate) and 'heavy spar' (that is, the barium sulfate mineral barite or baryte). The names Venice white and Venice ceruse were also used for this mixture as well as for pure lead white.
We've replicated this color for artists today without the fillers and stearates of modern whites. The white mineral barite has a lower refractive index than lead white, making it less opaque and hence well suited for mixing with other colors. Use it to make pale tints of colors without overpowering them or as a foundation for other colors.
George Field. Chromatography; Or, A Treatise on Colours and Pigments, edited T. W. Salter. London, 1869.
Rublev Colours Artists' Oil Venetian White
Note: Colors swatches are shown in mass tone, straight from the tube, on the left, and mixed with an equal amount of 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: ||White |
|Binder: ||Linseed and Walnut Oil |
|Pigment Information |
|Common Name: ||Lead White |
|Colour Index: ||Pigment White 1 (77597) |
|Chemical Name: ||Basic Lead Carbonate |
|Chemical Formula: ||2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2 |
|Common Name: ||Barite (Baryte) |
|Colour Index: ||Pigment White 22 |
|Chemical Name: ||Barium Sulfate |
|Chemical Formula: ||BaSO4 |
|Opacity: ||Semi-Opaque |
|Hiding Power: ||Moderate |
|Drying Rate: ||Moderate |
WARNING: POISONOUS! MAY BE HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Contains Basic Lead Carbonate. Avoid ingestion and skin contact. Wear protective clothing and gloves to prevent contact with broken skin. Never use near children or pets. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.
Note: Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artists' Oils and is a natural process when no stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.