‘Verdigris’ the most incredible vivid green created by @edward_bulmer ‘The name is literally descriptive of the colour of the oxidised surface of copper and bronze. A beautiful Prussian blue based green with an underlying earthy tone but a wonderful radiance. It was an expensive and sought after colour in the early C19th and recurs in many colourman’s catalogues.’
Seen here in a room @numberonebruton and in the bedroom of @edward_bulmer with antique Chinese wallpaper and in a sitting room with panelling. Do visit our website and under each colour you will find the recommended palette from @edward_bulmer
It looks superb with pinks, blues and greys too. Please do email or call us to chat about our paints and for complementary colour consultancy.
The colour Green:
Detail from-LIPPO D'ANDREA (PSEUDO AMBROGIO DI BALDESE)
(Florence, 1377 – before 1457)
The Justice of Trajan (front);
A putto playing the drum and blowing a flute (reverse)
Desco da parto, or birth tray, painted on both sides; tempera on panel, dodecagonal, Ø 71 cm (28 in), in an integrated frame
Verdigris is the common name for a green pigment, originally made by hanging copper plates over hot vinegar in a sealed pot until a green crust formed on the copper. It was commonly used in late Medieval and Renaissance paintings in a form called copper resinate which was a mixture of resin/tree sap and verdigris pigment. However this pigment has a big drawback since when newly made and applied the glazes are a bright emerald green, but when exposed to light they gradually discolour and darken to a deep almost blackish brown. This can be seen clearly in the detail of this work by Lippo d’Andrea in which the trees and foliage which were once a bright vibrant green have darkened considerably to a dark brown/blackish colour and in which the green is only preserved in the highlighted leaves in which the admixture of lead white stabilised the verdigris.
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