Leaves from Jacques Le Lieur, Poème sur la Passion

Antimony black

Artists' Materials

Antimony black was listed by Vannoccio Biringuccio in his 1540 manual for metalworking, Pirotechnia, as a pigment for earthenware vases. A pottery manufacture was active in Rouen during the first half of the 16th century; this may provide an explanation for the local availability of antimony black and for the Master of Girard Acarie’s peculiar choice.