Cloud Studies


Cloud Studies, John Constable, 1921-22

Oil on board or oil on paper laid on panel or card,

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

B1981.25.147, B1981.25.146, B1981.25.156, B1981.25.144, B1981.25.155

Blue Egyptian Eyes

Blue Egyptian Eyes

To paint the blue of the eyes of the nymph (but also the sky and the sea in the background), Raffaello Sanzio had developed a unique experiment by recreating the famous “Egyptian blue”, the first artificial colour in history, whose use was lost after the end of the Roman Empire, replaced by lapis lazuli.

Raphael, The Triumph of Galatea, c. 1514, fresco, Villa Farnesina, Rome