Stratigraphic sample

 

Stratigraphic sample showing the preparatory layer of calcium carbonate under the grey priming

The preparation applied to the canvas of Philip II on Horseback is a light grey-brown colour. It contains calcium carbonate (natural chalk) to which small quantities of earth pigments were added to create a tinted tone, as well as a very small amount of white lead. Preparations of this type are commonly found in Flemish painting of the period.

 
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