The Palette of Velazquez

Above: V shows off his palette (left) in Las Meninas.  If you are interested in Velázquez, have a look at the following links:

Below: the palette of Velázquez according to the book “Velázquez – The Technique of Genius” by Jonathan Brown and Carmen Garrido:

The Palette of Velazquez

ColorPigmentsModern Substitute(s)In Italiano
WhiteComprised of lead white and calciteFlake White/Michael HardingBianco di piombo;
"Calcite"?
YellowYellow Iron Oxide;
Lead-Tin Yellow;
Naples yellow (sparingly).
Transparent Yellow Oxide/ Michael Harding;
Lead-Tin Yellow/Robert Doak;
Genuine Naples Yellow Dark/Michael Harding
Giallo Ossido;
Giallo di Piombo;
Giallo di Napoli.
OrangeOrange Iron Oxide; Vermilion of Mercury;Translucent Orange Oxide/Mussini;
Genuine Chinese Vermilion/Michael Harding.
Trasparente Arancio Ossido;
Vero Vermiglione.
RedRed Iron Oxide;
Vermilion of Mercury;
Organic Red Lake.
Transparent Red Oxide/Michael Harding;
Genuine Chinese Vermilion/Michael Harding;
Crimson Lake/Michael Harding.
Rosso Ossio Trasparente;
Vero Vermiglione;
Lacca di Rosso.
BlueAzurite;
Lapiz Lazuli;
Smalt.
Ultramarine Blue/Michael Harding;
Lapiz Lazuli/Michael Harding;
Cobalt Blue/Michael Harding.
Blu Oltremare;
Cobalto.
BrownBrown Iron Oxide;
Manganese Oxide.
Translucent Brown Oxide/Mussini;
?
Marone Ossido;
?.
BlackOrganic Black of Vegetal or Animal OriginIvory Black/Michael HardingNero Ivorio
GreenAzurite;
Iron Oxide;
Lead-Tin Yellow.
Ultramarine Blue/Michael Harding;
Lead-Tin Yellow/Robert Doak
Blu Oltremare;
Giallo di Piombo.
PurpleOrganic Red Lake;
Azurite.
Crimson Lake/Michael Harding;
Ultramarine Blue/Michael Harding.
Lacca di Rosso;
Blu Oltremare.
2 replies
  1. Vitória Marques
    Vitória Marques says:

    Velazquez was the best spanish painter of sec.XVII, the best portraitist. Sorry my English, I’m brazilian.

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