Cinnabar Natural Vermilion - Genuine - Mount Amiata - 40ml

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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.

Technical Overview

Pigment - Cinnabar

Opacity - Opaque

Binder - Linseed Oil 




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theres no other one like this :D
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