Ceruse - 50ml


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Very similar to the white used by Velazquez and Rembrandt, a painter's white. Thick, dense and tactile.

Rublev's description;

"Ceruse is a semi-opaque mixture of lead white and calcite ground in walnut oil, it is used for translucent white effects and soft tints when mixed with other colours.

Ceruse is made with lead white and a medium dry ground calcite (the calcium carbonate mineral) that has a low oil absorption rate like that of lead white to maintain the quick drying character of lead white. Calcite is semi-transparent in oil, giving ceruse its soft white character. In the seventeenth century, this mixture of lead white and calcite was favored as a mixing white by artists such as Rembrandt, and was known as lootwit in Dutch.

In the 19th century, the name Ceruse was used for white pigments that contained lead and chalk."

Technical Overview

Pigment - PW1 & Calcite

Opacity - Semi-Opaque

Binder - Linseed Oil

Drying Time - Medium 



Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
David Margulies
Courtesy and Efficiency

As a past art retailer myself, I am particularly aware of the excellent courteous, and prompt service provided by the Supreme Paint Co.

Julie T
Rublev Ceruse Oil Paint

Rublev paints are outstanding. Ceruse is an excellent semi-opaque white with medium tinting power that facilitates subtle value changes in mixes. I would highly recommend this white for oil painting. I must also say the customer service from the Supreme Paint Company is always excellent - very quick delivery and very well-packaged.

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