This is the burnt (calcined) version of the Mt.Amiata Raw Sienna we sell, in my opinion the finest and rarest, mined from Mount Amiata in Tuscany (pictured left) The mine this was sourced from is now shut and this pigment is from the 1950's.
With the seams of this particularly fine Sienna now exhausted or not economically viable in my opinion Sienna of this grade is now no longer available.
Given it's location Mount Amiata is also very likely to be the source of the Italian Renaissance Siennas used by Caravaggio, Titian, etc.
So to the hue, in masstone straight from the tube it looks pretty standard, a rich,red, slightly brown earth. However like it's cousin the Mt.Amiata Raw Sienna it comes alive when you use it thinly then powerful luminous reds come out, it's the luminosity what makes it exceptional.
It's tints when white is added produce wonderful fleshy hues, which also to me display that luminosity. I mainly paint portraits and to be able to use these particular earths is so inspiring and special, I am very grateful to Wallace Seymour for providing them.
Pigment - PBr7 - 1950's
Opacity - Semi-Opaque
Binder - Linseed Oil
I get a kick from thinking that Caravaggio and Titian might have used Siennas such as this one. In any case, more importantly, it is very fine stuff. Luminous. A treat.
A beautiful burnt sienna, it has a strong tint that mixed with flake white or titanium white produces beautiful skin tones. Great service as always from James.
This is definitely the highest chroma burnt Sienna I've used and this is obvious as soon as you start to use it. Used in mass tone, as a glaze or in a mix the quality is unsurpassed. I'm very pleased I bought some of this rare paint, I really wouldn't want to be without it now I've used it & highly recommend it. Thanks to WS & James here at Supreme.