Bishop’s crosier, monarch’s sceptre, field-marshal’s baton, or just another fashion accessory?
Popular in the early Renaissance, it was revived by William Blake, the Nabis, and a few others. Despite its disadvantages, these are wonderful paintings.
The standard blue pigment for the Renaissance and on, until about 1710, it was used in many Old Masters before disappearing by 1800.
It’s not a colour at all, say some, while the Impressionists wanted to banish it from the palette. But throughout the history of painting, the blackest black has remained vital.
A truly giant saint, in a landscape with sinister and disturbing events taking place.