Nicosia Green Earth - 50ml


Can be used like Vermeer and his contemporaries did, as underpainting for flesh tones.

Don't expect the punch of a chemical green like permanent green, however without the punch comes the great subtleties of using a totally natural pigment. Also see the Michael Harding terre verte we sell for a similar pigment, although I feel this is a paint with a much greater tendency to yellow than Michael's.

Nicosia Green Earth is a transparent deep green with yellow undertones, medium grained and low tinting strength, nicosia green earth is from glauconite deposits in Cyprus.

The colour of glauconite, a mineral of hydrated iron potassium silicate, varies considerably from pale green to dark green and from bluish-green to olive-green, depending upon its constituent elements.

Natural green earths, such as Nicosia green, are transparent and are absolutely permanent in oil. Most oil colors labeled "green earth" from artists' paint manufacturers do not actually contain the natural mineral, but rather is a mixture of synthetic chromium oxide green and sometimes barium sulfate with either a natural yellow ochre or yellow iron oxide.

Green earth was used in verdaccio--a style of underpainting that uses green-grey colors to establish values for later layers of paint. Verdaccio is renowned for being particularly effective when painting flesh tones. It was popular amongst Italian Renaissance artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci who used verdaccio underpainting in his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.

Colour Information
Single Pigment: Natural Hydrated Iron Potassium Silicate
Binder: Linseed Oil
Pigment Information
Color: Green
Colour Index: Pigment Green 23 (77009)
Chemical Name: Hydrated Iron Potassium Silicate
Chemical Formula: K(Mg,Fe)(Fe,Al)Si4O10(OH)2
ASTM Lightfastness: I
Opacity: Transparent
Tinting Strength: Low
Drying rate: Average
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