Caput mortuum artists paint with high pigment content, pure linseed oil, and without solvents. The consistency is like butter at room temperature, and for many artists the paint can be used directly from the tube without the addition of paint.
Caput mortuum (PR102) is today a synthetic mix of these substances Fe2O3, MgO, Al2O3, TiO2, MgSO4, SiO2. The name is Latin and means ‘dead head’. Because it is a blend pigment, there is also no standardized recipe for the color. It can be anything from brownish to violet. The very violet is called cardinal purple. Our version is more like the historic mummy brown and a bit violet.
The etymology of the name is as uncertain a size as the recipe and the mixing ratio. But it is claimed that the natural pigment originally originated from alchemy’s attempt to make gold before gold was known to be a 100% pure element. The result of these experiments was often worthless (dead) rust and stinking sulfur which also smelled dead (like rotten eggs).
This oil paint can and must be mixed with oil paints from other manufacturers. The same goes for paint. Since this is such a chemically pure and simple product without mysterious fillers, it must also be mixed with your own favorite paint, whether it is ponds and linseed oil, stand oil, black oil with litharge, Liquin ™, Oil gel ™ Maroger, lavender spikeoil, etc. Too good control over consistency and detail work, we recommend our own paint. If you use solvents to clean brushes outdoors or in a ventilated room, Gamsol ™, turpentine, Terpenoid ™ Alcohol and ethanol, etc can be used. If, on the other hand, you do not like solvents, you can use special cleansing soap or liquid brown soap for the same purpose.
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Caput mortuum is not toxic / toxic, but must not be eaten or otherwise ingested. The product has not been allergy-tested, but if you only use it for its intended purpose – to paint with a brush and palette knife – there is no immediate health risk.
This colour is known internationally as: Caput Mortuum