History’s deadliest colors - J. V. Maranto
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What else has lead been used for in the past? Find out about the uses of this Treacherous Element. Arsenic Pills and Lead Foundation: The History of Toxic Makeup. Finally, this TED-Ed lesson will provide more background on this element.
Scheele’s Green and Paris Green were some of the most popular pigments in history. The Toxic Side of Being, Literally, Green is a great resource about the difficulties associated with creating that “just right” shade of green. For more on toxic Victorian wallpaper, read: Could this wallpaper kill you? Victorian Britain's lethal obsession with the perfect shade of green. Finally, LittleArtTalks has another great lesson on this topic: Color That Killed Napoleon: Scheele's Green.
Are there any other dangerous pigments lurking around? Visit Pigments Through the Ages and find out. Then, learn more about Cadmium: The rare paint pigment faces a Europe-wide ban and artists are seeing red.
Love antiques and those brightly hued older dinner plates and bowls? Start here: How Radioactive Is Fiesta Ware? for more information on how safe they are.
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