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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;
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.
Lapiz Lazuli;
Ultramarine Blue/Michael Harding;
Lapiz Lazuli/Michael Harding;
Cobalt Blue/Michael Harding.
Blu Oltremare;
BrownBrown Iron Oxide;
Manganese Oxide.
Translucent Brown Oxide/Mussini;
Marone Ossido;
BlackOrganic Black of Vegetal or Animal OriginIvory Black/Michael HardingNero Ivorio
Iron Oxide;
Lead-Tin Yellow.
Ultramarine Blue/Michael Harding;
Lead-Tin Yellow/Robert Doak
Blu Oltremare;
Giallo di Piombo.
PurpleOrganic Red Lake;
Crimson Lake/Michael Harding;
Ultramarine Blue/Michael Harding.
Lacca di Rosso;
Blu Oltremare.

Muses and Mirrors: Painting the Oil Portrait

Course Update, October 10, 2011

2 places remain.

Muses and Mirrors is a variation on the previous oil portrait course and is designed for those who have never painted a portrait before… but have always wanted to learn.  This course addresses the following principles: universal proportions of the head, scale, composition, edge, color value, color temperature and the modeling of paint to create a three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface.  The subjects are a bust of the muse Thalia and you (yes, a self-portrait).

Course Synthesis

  • Level: Beginners
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Total Number of Hours: 20
  • Total Number of Lessons: 10 lessons, 2 hours each
  • Dates: To Be Determined… please see below
  • Number of Students: max 5
  • Language: English and Italian
  • Location: Via Cardinale Merry del Val, 18 at La Bottega dell’Artista (Trastevere)
  • Cost: €280 + materials*.


The list of materials will be published the week before classes begin and will be available at The Bottega dell’Artista.  I would budget between €70 and €120 for materials.

Before taking this course, here’s what you need to know:

  • 1. 40% of the cost guarantees your place, the remaining 60% is to be paid the week before the start of the course.  The cost is non-refundable.  If you should not be able to continue the course after starting, the best solution is to find someone to take your place.
  • 2. There are no “make up classes.” If you miss a lesson, you miss a lesson.

To sign up or to ask further information, please fill out the form below or call either of the following numbers: 347.2631033 or 340.5600356.

Note:  In order to optimize the size of the courses, please indicate your availability and interest by checking any and all of the following days, times and courses.  We will then contact you to better organize the final schedule.  Courses will begin the first week of October.