Lead-tin yellow

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A painted swatch of Lead-tin yellow:

History of Lead-tin yellow:

Type I

Used between 13th and 18th centuries, but most common from 15th to 17th centuries. Commonly used in foliage with green and earth pigments.

Type II

The early production of lead-tin yellow type II was connected with the glass and ceramic industry. Its manufacture probably predates that of lead-tin yellow (type I), since it occurs as a by-product during the manufacture of lead crystal glass. The earliest recipe for lead-tin yellow type II is found in the Bolognese manuscript, written in the first half of the fifteenth century. Lead-tin yellow II has been found principally in Florentine, Venetian, and Bohemian paintings. It was used on works by Giotto, the workshop of di Cione, Veronese, and Tintoretto.

When was Lead-tin yellow used?

Discovery Used until
13th century, used till c. 1750; rediscovered in 1940 c. 1750; after its rediscovery in 1940 still in use today.

Use of Lead-tin yellow among paintings in the SchackGallery, Munich:

Source: Kühn