Blue black

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An unstandardized name used for black pigments with a bluish cast. Blue black generally referred to ivory black, bone black, or vine black in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Synonyms and Related Terms

blu nero (It.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982