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Old December 9th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #5
Filiberto Boncompagni
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cyprus
Posts: 75

Hi Pierre,

Using colors of an old painting as yardstick is not a good idea.
I don’t want to bore our few readers, but colors change with age, varnish oxides. As such the painting may be in need of cleaning and so on (and while cleaning, good restorer should leave a nice patina in any case).

As far I can see, Moretto da Brescia’s murals (that - it seems - combined different techniques: fresco, tempera, and oils) show on the “sky” part traces of a yellowish varnish that, if present also on the rugs section could alter the perception of the original red. But that section looks like a “fresco” technique, so no varnish…

Then, there is the old, classical problem… Is the photo itself good? This one seems too yellow.

It took a while, but I found better photos at the Web Gallery of Art.
This, for example:

(link: http://www.wga.hu/html_m/m/moretto/fresco1.html)

The shade of red here is much more compatible – with the aforementioned caveats – with the photos of those Mamluk rugs, I think. Do you agree?
If so, you owe to Mr. Moretto da Brescia an apology four questioning his pigments.


P.S. - I do apologize for posting a picture too wide, but I did it for the sake of proper visibility of the colors
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