French ultramarine known as the pigment from overseas, ‘ultra marine’ was brought to venice from afghan mines on arab dhows. true ultramarine (lapis lazuli) was so precious that renaissance painters would save it just for the madonna’s cloak and at one time was more precious than gold. #wncolourstories
Alizarin crimson is a deep red pigment with a blue undertone. known for its capacity to create a wide range of rich, permanent purples and browns, it is a colour with an eventful history. ⠀
it began as a dye thousands of years ago, made from the herbaceous madder plant, native to asia and southern europe. #wncolourstories⠀
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