Sacred Texts  Age of Reason  Index 
IX. The Practice of Painting Index
  Previous  Next 
Buy this Book at

The Da Vinci Notebooks at


On the preparation and use of colours (618-627).To make a fine green take green and mix it with bitumen and you will make the shadows darker. Then, for lighter [shades] green with yellow ochre, and for still lighter green with yellow, and for the high lights pure yellow; then mix green and turmeric together and glaze every thing with it. To make a fine red take cinnabar or red chalk or burnt ochre for the dark shadows and for the lighter ones red chalk and vermilion and for the lights pure vermilion and then glaze with fine lake. To make good oil for painting. One part of oil, one of the first refining and one of the second.

Next: 619.