IDENTIFICATION OF THE FORBES COLLECTION PIGMENTS: I. WHITES
Gary W. Carriveau, & Diana Omecinsky
ABSTRACT—A large group of pigments (approximately 6200 examples) was assembled by the late Edward Waldo Forbes, former director of the Fogg Art Museum. This collection contains well-known organic and inorganic pigments as well as a large number of rare and unusual Oriental specimens. From this large body of material, selected samples were distributed to various museums and other institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada. These pigments are commonly used both as a study collection and as conservation material. Following an informal study of the samples in the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection, we found that many were incorrectly identified or lacked identification. This led to a detailed study of the composition of the pigments and determination of their proper identification.
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