Cornflower blue

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A fugitive organic blue colorant obtained from cornflower petals (Centaurea dyanus). Cornflower blue was used in some 18th century watercolor paintings.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Centaurea dyanus; Boyle's blue; cyan blue; blu fiordaliso (It.); ambreta, ciano (Port.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Not lightfast

Resources and Citations

  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982

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