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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.)

Resources and Citations

  • 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"