Published on April 4, 2010 05:39 AM
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During the Renaissance numerous paintings were composed in few colors. Arthur Pope wrote of "a brown pigment, like burnt sienna, a yellow ocher and a blue. ...A Venetian red, instead of burnt sienna, might be used to extend the palette down to red-orange; or Indian red, or even vermilion, might be used for occasional small accents, such as in the figures, without altering the general scheme." (Pope, 1929) In many cases no blue was used and even green might be omitted.