Category Archives: Pigments

The mis-appliance of science in cultural heritage?

Science applied to archaeology and cultural heritage is a thing. It has been happening for decades. Scientific analysis of materials can provide much needed information about materials, trade, manufacture, provenance, foodstuffs, populations, individuals. With today’s kit we can make analyses … Continue reading

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Catch a falling star: the strange story of the Tocopilla Meteorite

Think ‘meteorites’ and think ‘art’ and the average human mind will probably conjure up the garish and probably fantastical cover of a sci-fi novel depicting colliding worlds in shades of pink and blue or alternatively an ‘artist’s impression’ of the … Continue reading

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Turacine: the most unlikely of pigments never to be used by artists

Everyone knows the story of Tyrian Purple, the dye extracted in the Eastern Mediterranean (and elsewhere) and prized by the Romans for its beautiful magenta hue. Everyone also knows that the production of the dye required about 20 billion shellfish … Continue reading

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Pentagonite & Cavansite

Whilst shopping at my favourite shop, Kremer Pigmente for some aerinite, I came across a mineral pigment I did not know, and obviously just had to buy it. It is called pentagonite, and Kremer indicate that it is sourced in … Continue reading

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Orpiment is an arsenic sulphide that was used as a yellow pigment …

… and so that made me think it would be a good title for this occasional blog on pigments and minerals in the arts, with occasional diversions into urban geology and history. I’m a geologist who has worked on pigments … Continue reading

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