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History of Viridian:

Pannetier, a colour maker in Paris began to make the chromium green in 1838. He and his successor Binet produced it for many years keeping its recipe a secret. Guignet was responsible for making a patent of a method of its manufacture in 1859. Viridian soon replaced Emerald Green particularly in industrial printing processes and quickly became a popular pigment in watercolour due to emerald green's poisonous nature. Its excellent permanence and lack of toxicity could replace all other greens, both ancient and modern.


When was Viridian used?

Discovery Used until
1838 continues in use

Use of Viridian among paintings in the SchackGallery, Munich:

Source: Kühn