Artists' Pigments 1

A Handbook of their History and Characteristics, Volume 1

Editor  Robert L. Feller

This is the first volume in the series Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of their History and Characteristics published by National Gallery of Art in association with Archetype Publications Ltd. 


9781904982746 Artists' Pigments Volume 1 Robert Feller (ed.)

9781904982753 Artists' Pigments Volume 2 Ashok Roy (ed.)

9781904982760 Artists' Pigments Volume 3 Elisabeth West Fitzhugh (ed.)

9781904982234 Artists' Pigments Volume 4 Barbara Berrie (ed.)


The full set of Volume 1 to 4 is available here.


Each volume concentrates on different pigments (see the contents for each volume). The series is an Encyclopedic Reference intended for:

-The practicing artist to learn a pigment’s color, hiding power, light-fastness, toxicity, compatibility;

-The art historian to know how an artist worked, what pigments were used, whether they were pure or mixed, opaque or transparent, layered or not;

-The conservator to devise techniques necessary for the care and conservation of works of art, to determine what is original, to repair damages, to compensate for missing portions of a painted surface;

-The curator and the connoisseur to know the history of manufacture and use of pigments, to authenticate and assign probable dates to works of art;

-The conservation scientist to learn identification methods used, including optical microscopy, microchemical tests, X-ray diffraction, infrared and reflectance spectrophotometry, and electron microscopy.

ISBN 9781904982746
Binding Hardback
Dimensions 171 x 248mm
Pages 304
Illustrations 82 colour, 128 halftone
Published May 2012
Price £95.00