Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1996

Department

Chemistry

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Blue pigment were in short supply in medieval times because only two naturally-occurring inorganic blue pigments, natural ultramarine and azurite, were known. Both pigments were difficult to obtain and consequently were very expensive. Medieval artists turned to the manufacture of copper-based blue pigments of surprising complexity in order to expand their palettes. This paper outlines some of the methods used to obtain these complex pigments and elucidate their structures, when possible.

Book Chapter

9

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