Introduction to a series looking at different painting systems. Establishes how their key components are the support, ground, pigment, binder and diluent and explains terms.
The period 1700 to 1850 saw the introduction of the first modern pigments, such as Prussian blue and emerald green, which started to transform paintings.
This traces the pigments, palettes and techniques used in easel paintings from Classical times to 1700.
How choice from available pigments, coupled with the way of applying the paint, relate to painting style.