Feb 5, 2010

Heard the Word! Verdaccio


Verdaccio is an Italian name for the mixture of mars black or in some cases genuine ivory black and yellow ochre resulting in a grayish or yellowish (depending on the proportion) soft green.

Verdaccio became integral part of fresco painting where this color is used for defining tonal values, creating complete monochromatic underpainting. Often architectural details in frescoes are left in Verdacchio without any additional color layers, best example is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, where you can clearly see verdaccio underpainting left as is on all architectural details of the composition.

The technique of underpainting in verdaccio became known as Verdaccio.

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