Latin for sky-blue. The name caeruleum was first used for Egyptian blue. In the 19th century a synthetic sky-blue pigment composed of cobalt stannate was introduced first as caeruleum but was later changed to cerulean blue.
Synonyms and Related Terms
cerulean blue; azul cerúleo (Esp.); ceruleo (It.); azul cerúleo (Port.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Kurt Wehlte, The Materials and Techniques of Painting, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1975
- The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996 Comment: "Pigments"