Roger de Piles Flesh Tone Palette
The Rublev Colours Roger de Piles Flesh Tone Palette provides the authentic colors described in the palette of Roger de Piles' 17th century painting treatise, Les Eleméns de la Peinture Pratique.
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The Rublev Colours Roger de Piles Flesh Tone Palette provides the authentic colors described in the palette of Jombert’s edition of Roger de Piles (pronounced "day peel") treatise on painting, Les Eleméns de la Peinture Pratique. In his 1684 palette of eight principle colors, Roger de Pies arranged them along the top edge, placing the lightest colors nearest the thumbhole on the wooden palette and arranging tints in rows below.
Read the complete translation of chapter four of Les Eleméns de la Peinture Pratique: 17th Century Flesh Tone Palette.
In seventeenth century painting practice, pure colors were arranged in a predetermined order on the palette, usually at the top. Next, mixtures or tints of these colors were placed below in columns or rows. The palette was set for specific passages of the painting, such as flesh tones, clothing, drapery or other backgrounds. For the overall painting, Roger described the following limited palette of colors:
The flesh tone palette of eight principal colors from Roger de Piles' 17th century painting treatise, Les Eleméns de la Peinture Pratique
“In oil painting are usually used eight principal colors: almost all others are derived and are composed of a mixture of these. They are arranged in a range roughly this way. 1. White lead. 2. Yellow ocher. 3. Brown red. 4. Lake. 5. Stil de grain. 6. Green earth. 7. Umber. 8. Bone or ivory black. These are the names of the eight colors and the order in which they are almost always placed on the palette.”
In the Rublev Colours line of oil colors, these colors are: 1. Lead White; 2. Lemon Ocher; 3. Venetian Red; 4. Alizarin Crimson; 5. Italian Sienna (please note that stil de grain is a fugitive lake pigment, so we substituted it with a lightfast earth pigment of similar hue and opacity); 6. Verona Green Earth; 7. Cyrus Umber Medium; and 8. Bone Black.
Next, he described various color mixtures or tints for painting flesh tones based on the following colors: 1. Lead white. 2. Yellow ocher. 3. Vermilion. 4. Lake. 5. Ultramarine (lapis lazuli or lazurite). 6. Bone black. 7. Stil de grain. He then describes the arrangement on the palette:
Roger de Piles described various color mixtures or tints for painting flesh tones based on the colors in the previous illustration.
“The eight principal colors occupy places at the top of the palette. The eight colors are, as we have already said, white lead, yellow ocher, brown red, lake, stil de grain, green earth, umber, bone black; you can add carbon black that for some uses is better than another. The shades to paint the flesh tones place below these principal colors and arrange in two rows: those for light values above and those for halftones and shadows below, always observing to put lighter colors nearest the thumbhole. Between these two rows, it is worthwhile putting a little yellow, because you will need it often, and it is more convenient to take it from this place with a brush while painting than to blend with hues from which it was prepared.”
To make the flesh tints described in figure 9 of the treatise, you will need to add the following colors in addition to the one in the set: Vermilion and genuine natural Ultramarine (Lazurite) or synthetic Ultramarine.
Inlcuded in the Set
The Roger de Piles Flesh Tone Palette includes the colors used to make the flesh tints described in his painting treatise—one full-sized tube each of eight colors: Lead White; Lemon Ocher for yellow ocher; Venetian Red for brown red; Alizarin Crimson for lake; Italian Sienna for stil de grain; Cyprus Umber Medium and Bone Black.
Rublev Colors Artists’ Oils are based on single, natural mineral and historical pigments that give old masters-like painting effects in oil. This series features such historical colors as natural ultramarine (lapis lazuli), azurite and lead-tin yellow, among many others. The paint is handcrafted and packed in 50 ml tubes—giving you 33% more color than typical 37 ml tubes.
Colors included in the Rublev Colours Roger de Piles Flesh Tones Palette
Swatch Note: Colors swatches are shown in mass tone, straight from the tube, on the left, and mixed with an equal amount of white on the right. All pictures of color swatches in this web site are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors the results you get may vary.
Note: We may substitute colors that are out of stock or unavailable at the time of your order with similar hues of equal or greater value.
Health and Safety
This set contains a color that has a chronic health warning:
DANGER! CONTAINS LEAD. HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. Avoid ingestion and skin contact. Wear protective clothing and gloves to prevent contact with skin. Never use near children or pets. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.
CONTAINS LEAD / CONTIENT DU PLOMB
DO NOT APPLY TO SURFACES ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN OR PREGNANT WOMEN.
NE PAS APPLIQUER SUR UNE SURFACE ACCESSIBLE AUX ENFANTS OU AUX FEMMES ENCEINTES.
Must be used exclusively as material for the purposes of arts, crafts or hobbies, not for use by children. Utiliser uniquement aux fins suivantes comme matériaux pour les besoins d'art, d'artisanat ou passe-temps, pas pour une utilisation par les enfants.
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