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What fate did Bosch envision for Humankind?

Hieronymus Bosch, The Haywain, ca 1510-16
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Which mathematical formula is hidden in this painting?

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889
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Which blue pigment did Bellini use?

Bellini and Titian, The Feast of the Gods, 1514-29
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Which blue pigments did van Dyck use?

Anthony van Dyck, Lord John Stuart and his brother, ca 1638
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Which blue pigment did Renoir use?

Renoir, Boating on the Seine, ca 1879
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Why are the pigments in this painting discoloured?

Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-86
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What did Vermeer change in this painting?

Johannes Vermeer, Woman With a Pearl Necklace, 1662-65
Neutron Autoradiography
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How many red pigments did Vermeer use?

Vermeer, The Girl with a Wineglass, 1659-60
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How many red pigments did Degas use?

Degas, Combing the Hair, ca 1896
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Paintings

The pages on paintings  can be accessed in four different ways, namely, according to the historical period, according to the painter and his home country, according to the subject matter and according to the pigments used in their creation.

Pigments

The pages on pigments  can be accessed in four different ways as well. You can choose pigments according to their colour, according to their type, according to their first date of use, and also according to the elements contained in their chemical structure.

Illustrated timelines for pigments of each colour describe the historical development of the availability of all the pigments featured on ColourLex.

Scientific Methods

This section features the scientific methods employed in investigation of paintings. Included are methods for imaging the inner layers of the painting, spectroscopic methods for identification of pigments, and also the very modern computational methods.

General Resources

Printed and online resources about the main subjects of this website: painting, painters, pigments, and scientific methods for investigation of paintings and pigments. Only general resources are shown in this section. Resources on specific painters, pigments or scientific methods are included under the headings of these individual entries.

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