Lime white

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History of Lime white:

Lime white from prehistory. Bianco di San Giovanni is a lime white pigment first described in literature by Cennino Cennini. He uses the name "Bianco di San Giovanni" to describe the preparation of a white lime pigment in his book Il Libro dell’Arte. He does not explain the name used for this lime white, and it is probable therefore, this important white pigment was in use by artists before Cennini's time.

When was Lime white used?

Discovery Used until

prehistory (chalk)

XIIIth Century (bianco di San Giovanni)

continues in use (chalk, bianco di San Giovanni)