|If you had been a Renaissance painter, your art supply
cupboard might have looked something like this.
|Earth tone pigments. As the name suggests, they are
basically highly refined "dirt" (and thus, dirt-cheap)
|Prehistoric colors--rust red, carbon black, browns,
and sometimes dull yellows (ochers).
|Australian ochre pits have become a tourist attraction.
|Ground pigments become brighter when mixed with various
mediums used in the manufacture of artists' colors.
|Note: unlabeled hues are those usually mixed by the artist and seldom manufactured as tube paint.
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