This special Williamsburg color is from an exciting line of traditional native Italian earth colors. While Williamsburg has always made their Siennas with premium Italian pigments, these particular earths are scarce and used primarily by art conservators. They are the very same pigments used by the great Sienese and Florentine masters. All are authentic and come from the regions of Italy made famous by these pigments. Unfortunately, these colors are difficult to get and are not always available.
Williamsburg handmade oil color was developed in the mid-1980s by Carl Plansky in his Williamsburg studio. The company is still very small and run by professional painters dedicated to making paint in the European tradition. Each color is ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment.
Like French colormakers of the 19th century, Williamsburg maintains total control over their product. Each pigment is ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined and PH-balanced linseed oil and made in batches no larger than five gallons at a time.
Williamsburg oil colors are used by the worlds finest artists. You can see them in recent acquisitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and the Beaubourg in Paris.
Color shown here is for reference only.