Is Merely A Faded Blue The Blacks Are Both Of Vegetable And Mineral

origin, having been obtained from a variety of substances in a variety

of ways.

But, as shown by Layard in his discoveries at Nineveh, a knowledge of

colouring was not confined to the Egyptians; it was likewise possessed

by the Assyrians. The painted ornaments of the latter are stated to have

been remarkably elegant; and although the colours were limited to blue,

red, white, yellow, and black, yet they were arranged with so much taste

and skill, and the contrasts were so judiciously preserved, that the

combinations were in general agreeable to the eye. The pale

yellowish-white ground on which the designs were painted, resembled the

tint on the walls of Egyptian monuments, and a strong well-defined black

outline was found to be as peculiar a feature in Assyrian as in Egyptian

painting, black frequently combining with white alone, or alternating

with other colours. As far as they have been analysed, the pigments

employed were mineral, the brightest being a blue derived from copper.

No traces of vegetable colours have been found; it is presumed that they

existed, but being subject to more rapid decay than the mineral

pigments, they have disappeared. That all the colours, indeed, employed

by the ancients were not permanent, was proved by the fact of certain

blues and reds, brilliant and vivid when the earth was removed from

them, fading rapidly when exposed to the air.

From Philocles, the Egyptian, and Gyges, a Lydian, both of whom,

according to Pliny, acquired the knowledge of the art of painting in

Is In Reality We Grant That In Certain Objects Blue Is A Sign Of Is That Of Warmth And Coolness Upon Which Depend The Toning And facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail