The blue color has its own legends

The blue color has its own legends

Categories: Culture | History

Previously, blue paint was extracted from the semi-precious mineral lapis lazuli, it was expensive and very valuable, but then an accident changed history.

The blue color has its own legends

Wonderful, magical, royal blue, ultramarine — in the Renaissance, these were the names for the most valuable pigment — lapis lazuli, obtained from a semiprecious mineral.

Mining and processing of the mineral since the VI century has been carried out almost exclusively in Afghanistan. Imported to European markets via Venice, it was worth five times its weight in gold. Lapis lazuli was used sparingly and was often reserved for wealthy patrons, and only prosperous artists could buy it.

The blue color has its own legends For example, look at this magnificent still life, painted in the middle of the XVII century by Frenchman Paul Liegeois: in the foreground is a royal blue drapery. Liege has achieved an amazing effect! A thin layer of ultramarine lay on a layer of white lead. When light penetrates the thin blue glaze, the white one reflects it back, enhancing the deep blue tone.

The blue color has its own legends

 

We often take for granted the dazzling spectrum of colors in old paintings. Early Renaissance masterpieces are full of precious deep shades.

Mannerist artists, such as Bronzino, used shocking combinations of colors that lie beyond the limits of naturalistic perception. Grandiose Baroque artists, such as Caravaggio, emphasized bright shades with dramatic dark shadows. They maximized their visual impact despite the limited range of natural colors. And always the blue color was especially valuable.

The blue color has its own legends

 

But at one fine historical moment, everything changed: at the end of the Baroque era, in the middle of the XIX century, paint appeared — Prussian blue, Berlin azure.

It happened by accident, as a result of an unsuccessful production.

The blue color has its own legends

 

Heinrich Diesbach, a paint manufacturer, was in a hurry to make a batch of red pigment, which was obtained from boiled cochineal insects, alum, iron sulfate and potash fertilizers.

Something went wrong there, and when Disbach came to the workshop in the morning, he found a deep blue substance instead of red. Disbach and the alchemist Dippel, with whom he worked, quickly realized the commercial potential of this new pigment and began producing it, selling it to artists at the Prussian court.

The blue color has its own legends

 

Now artists have been able to mix a much wider range of colors on their palettes. They experimented with color harmonies, creating illusions of depth in new shades.

The blue color has its own legends

 

Prussian blue was created in the alchemical "laboratory" at the right time. He resonated the spread of a grandiose scientific revelation and catalyzed a whole new direction in the expression of feelings and perception of the world by man.

The blue color has its own legends

 

The blue color has its own legends

For example, look at this magnificent still life painted in the middle of the XVII century by Frenchman Paul Liegeois: in the foreground is a royal blue drapery. Liege has achieved an amazing effect! A thin layer of ultramarine lay on a layer of white lead. When light penetrates the thin blue glaze, the white one reflects it back, enhancing the deep blue tone.

Recent articles

9 most beautiful mountain towns in Italy
9 most beautiful mountain towns in Italy

There are many beautiful cities in Italy, but the mountainous cities of Italy, which were built on mountain slopes and hilltops, ...

Girls in the army: sexual painting of Hu Ming
Girls in the army: sexual painting of Hu Ming

A series of paintings about girls in the army ranks is the most expressive in the work of Hu Ming. In front of you — real red ...

Red thread on the wrist. Where did it come from and what does it mean
Red thread on the wrist. Where did it come from and what does ...

Madonna, Johnny Depp, Annie Lorak, Lady Gaga, Olga Buzova, Philip Kirkorov, Leonardo DiCaprio, what unites these stars of domestic ...