Sunday, December 25, 2016
In the Renaissance, blue was reserved for the mother of Jesus because it was the rarest color, more expensive than gold. Originally it was made from lapis lazuli, a mineral mined in Afghanistan. Getting a supply required a long voyage ultramarinus, or "beyond the sea."
Contracts for paintings often stipulated that the artist use ultramarine, and sometimes the client was required to provide the rare pigment.
A synthetic ultramarine pigment was developed in 1826. Since then it has been an inexpensive staple of every artist's palette.
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