Artists’ Pigments (A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics) Robert L. Feller, Editor. National Gallery of Art, Washington.

For the practicing artist to learn a pigment’s colour, hiding power, lightfastness, toxicity, compatibility.

For the art historian to know how an artist worked, what pigments were used, whether they were pure or mixed, opaque of transparent, layered or not. For the conservator to devise techniques necessary for care and conservation of works of art; to determine what is original, to repair damages, to compensate for missing portions of a painted surface.

For the curator / connoisseur to know the history of the manufacture, use, and availability of pigments in order to authenticate and assign probable dates to works of art.

For the conversation scientist to learn identification methods used, including optical microscopy, microchemical tests, x-ray diffraction, infrared and reflectance spectrohotometry, and electron micrscopy. 300 pages.

Available at selected stockist: £25.00

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