I am really pleased to offer another genuine Vermilion from a new source, this particular pigment is processed from Cinnabar sourced at Monte Amiata in Tuscany, which is shown in the picture opposite.
Given the Monte Amiata's proximity to seat of the Italian Renaissance, this is very likely to be exactly the same pigment used by Caravaggio, Raphael and Titian. To me that is pretty amazing and exciting. There is a picture of the raw cinnabar from Monte Amiata on the left.
It's hue is an orange/red with an earthy feel, leaning more towards red with pink undertones, it has a fresh, high value in masstone, and provides the classic fleshy tints when white is added. A relatively strong tinter a wide range of hues are present.
The processed pigment is Mercuric Sulphide and should be treated with great respect, all the best, safe studio practice should be observed.
The mix of mercury and sulphur is straight out of alchemy, with sulphur being the 'omnipresent spirit of life', a fascinating book to read around this subject is called 'What Painting Is' by James Elkins, it has a close up of a Rembrandt self portrait on the cover which would motivate anybody to paint.
This is a digression, all that is left to say is that painting with this genuine vermilion will connect you to some of the human races greatest triumphs in art, craft and creativity.
Pigment - Cinnabar
Opacity - Opaque
Binder - Linseed Oil
As I personaly like the "old masters" and theirs techniques I tend to use the most possible genuine materials. Of course there are brilliant colours of cadmiums, but its just not the same. I have both Hardings and Seymours and I like them both. I tend to use Harding on more Rembrandt-barock paintings and Seymour on renaissance paintings.
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