Venetian White - 50ml


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A Lead White with some transparency.

Rublev are a manufacturer of paint who pay great attention to reviving historical colours and mediums, however they only revive the ones which work and have a place on a modern palette, this is a highly functional white and as far as we know unavailable elsewhere, a semi opaque lead white, the texture and luminosity of a lead white without the thick opaqueness. 

Rublev describes it as follows - "Venetian White is a semi-opaque white ground in a blend of pale linseed and walnut oil that provides a stiff white, excellent for mixing with colours.

According to George Field's Chromatography (1869), Venetian white was a commercial name in the 19th Century for a white pigment mixture composed of equal parts of lead white (basic lead carbonate) and 'heavy spar' (that is, the barium sulfate mineral barite or baryte). The names Venice white and Venice ceruse were also used for this mixture.

The white mineral barite has a lower refractive index than lead white, making it less opaque and hence well suited for mixing with other colours. Use it to make pale tints of colours without overpowering them or as a foundation for other colours."

Technical Overview

Binder - Linseed Oil

Pigment - PW1, PW22

Drying rate - Moderate

Opacity - Semi-Opaque

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Catrin Treadwell
Venetian White

James has said it all, really, in his excellent description of Venetian White. All I can say is that I agree and that it is a very useful white to have to hand.

Martin Brown
Venetian White

Really terrific paint. The semi-transparent nature of this paint means you can subtly adjust tone.

Terrific prompt delivery, top service

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