Venetian White Oil Paint
Rublev Colours Venetian White is a semi-opaque white ground in walnut oil that provides a stiff white, excellent for mixing with colors. Learn more.
According to Salter's edition of George Field's Chromatography (1869), Venetian white was a commercial name in the nineteenth century for a white pigment mixture composed of equal parts of lead white (basic lead carbonate) and 'heavy spar' (that is, the barium sulfate mineral barite or baryte). The names Venice white and Venice ceruse were also used for this mixture and for pure lead white as well.
We've replicated this color for artists today without the fillers and stabilizers (e.g., stearates, waxes, etc.) typical of modern whites. The white mineral barite (Refractive Index or R.I. 1.65) has a lower refractive index than lead white (R. I. 2.01), making it less opaque and well-suited for mixing with other colors. Use it to make pale tints of colors without overpowering them or as a foundation for other colors.
George Field. Chromatography; Or, A Treatise on Colours and Pigments, edited by T. W. Salter. London, 1869.
To compare all Lead Whites, please see the article "Six Lead White Artist Oils to Choose."
Composition and Permanence
|Pigment:||Mixed pigment (See "Pigment Information" below)|
|Pigment 1 Information|
|Pigment Classification:||Synthetic inorganic|
|Colour Index:||Pigment White 1 (77597)|
|Chemical Name:||Basic lead carbonate or Lead(II) carbonate basic|
|Pigment 2 Information|
|Pigment Classification:||Natural inorganic|
|Colour Index:||Pigment White 22|
|Chemical Name:||Barium sulfate|
|ASTM Lightfastness:||Not Listed|
|Permanence:||A - Permanent|
|Safety Information:||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.|
For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.
Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.
All images of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, your results may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.
Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.
Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card to examine color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color's full strength (mass tone) on the left and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.
|Processing Time||Usually ships the next business day.|
|Pigment Type||Inorganic, Synthetic|
California Proposition 65: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Signal Word: Danger
H302 Harmful if swallowed.
H332 Harmful if inhaled.
H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child.
H373 May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
H410 Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
P260 Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
P261 Avoid breathing dust/ fume/ gas/ mist/ vapors/ spray.
P280 Wear protective gloves/ clothing/ eye/ face protection.
P281 Use personal protective equipment as required.
P405 Store locked up.
P501 Dispose of contents/ container according to regional, national and international regulations.