In Search of Blue

Tragedy, elation and madness in the search for the world’s most sought-after pigment, ultramarine blue.

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Lapis lazuli (rikkerst, Pixabay)
Ultramarine pigment
The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci, 1490s
Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer v. 1665
Han van Meegeren, 1945 (Photographer Koos Raucamp, Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons)
Prussian blue pigment (Saalebaer, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830–1832 (Katsushika Hokusai, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
The Starry Night, 1889 (Vincent van Gogh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Apotheosis of Homer, 1827 (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
IKB 191, Yves Klein, 1962

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