Artist Material – Prussian Blue Pigment

In the scientific analysis of art materials is important to understand as much as possible about potential materials used by an artist. For centuries artist used natural materials such as minerals, clays, resins, and plant extracts to give them the colors necessary for painting.  However, many natural materials do not withstand the test of time and fade on exposure to light and heat. The search for improved materials for paintings and coatings continues to this day, but a discovery made 300 years ago produced a pigment which was widely used in popular well into the 20th century.

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