A white pigment mixture composed of calcium hydroxide and calcium carbonate that was recommended by Bennino Cennini for use in fresco paintings (Mayer 1969). Bianco sangiovanni is prepared by exposing lumps of wet lime putty to the air for months. The lime becomes partially carbonated to form the two component mixture.
Synonyms and Related Terms
bianco di San Giovanni (It.)
R. Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row, New York, 1969.
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)