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The warm tones of Italy’s earth!
Maimeri’s Italian Natural Earth Oil Colors are created with pigments of antique origin that historically characterized not only the regional schools of painting throughout Italy but also the facades of palaces and monuments in Italian city centers. They encompass the colors of Roman houses, Venetian palaces, and Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns.
Only a few decades ago, Italy was the main producer of earth pigments for use by industry and artisans. Today’s color vocabulary still contains widely known color names that include Siena Yellow, Umber, Venetian Red, Pozzuoli Red, Herculanum, Rome Black, and Green Earth from Verona. These are the considerations that led Maimeri to add a new range of Italian Natural Earths to its Classico Extrafine Oil Color series.
Even throughout the production process, the 11 natural shades in the Italian Natural Earths line retain their ancient formulation. The grain size of the dispersed pigment is larger, the paste is denser, the appearance is more opaque due to a different light refraction, the tone is more natural, and the applied paint coat is thicker than traditional oil paints.
Despite the fact that the pigment grain size and milling process are different from that used to make other oil colors, Italian Natural Earths can be mixed with these oil colors, and confer to the paste a denser and more material aspect. Slight variances in the product are a guarantee of the authenticity and natural origin of the colors, which do not contain additional colorants.
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The Italian Natural Earths color palette has been conceived with the intention of including the entire range of Italian earth colors and developing its full potential. The composition of the range is similar to those used by masters like Tiziano, Vasari, or Tiepolo.
Italian Natural Earths can be used for traditional and contemporary artistic expression, but they also satisfy the needs of traditional and folkloric decoration such as furniture decoration and imitations or copies of the Old Masters.
Italian Natural Earths are no reproduction of things past, of obsolete or unstable pastes, but the attempt to keep alive all that is good in artistic techniques and colors of past centuries.
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from Milford MA
Comments about Maimeri Italian Natural Earth Oil Colors:
I glaze with these oils. Beautiful results!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Crunchy Oil Medium, not paint
Another person posted a picture which appears to have more pigment in the sample than the two tubes I bought have. It is clear, fairly dark oil, with stuff the size of large sugar grains mixed in. It is fine for a textural medium, but it is NOT PAINT.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that this paint is not to your liking. The large particle size and graininess are characteristic of this paint, and it also sounds like some of the pigment may have settled in the tube, leaving it oilier on top. However, we want you to be happy with your purchase, and a member of our Customer Care Team will be reaching out to assist you.
Bought two - one great, one gritty
from Seattle, WA
I bought two - Yellow Earth Verona and White Earth Carrara. They're both a good value for the size of the tube. The Yellow Earth is a nice color, fast dryer, and decent tinter. The glaze glows. The White Earth needs work. This may just be the fact that I only tried the first few squeezes of the tube, but my tube looks nothing like the color swatch here. It is full of huge chunks, bigger than sand grains, and nearly impossible to brush because it's so thick, pasty, and gritty. The color is nice and it's a weak tinter, and I like a little texture to my paints, but I see absolutely no use for a tube this gritty.
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Yellow Earth Verona
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White Earth Carrara
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Good colors, but inconsistnet viscosity
By Matt Atkinson Art .com
from Oklahoma City
The colors are attractive and natural, and the pigment strength is good. But be aware that each tube has a unique viscosity, rather than being consistent. In my batch of tubes, the yellow rome spurts out in a buttery blob surrounded by oil, like a broken raw egg. The burnt sienna is a "medium" viscosity. The orange herculaneum, however, was SO dense it was as if the paint had already dried in the tube! It took SERIOUS hand strength (and I'm a big, muscular guy) to press out just an inch of paint, which has the consistency of clay, and was so tough it actually resisted most brush bristles. I'd buy these again, but probably skip the herculaneum (which is apparently named for the herculean strength it takes to squeeze this out of the tube!)Bottom line: I would recommend, with a caveat about the varying viscosity.
Gorgeous colors,thick, bright, fantastic
from oswego ny
These surpass any oxides, ochres or earth tones I've tried from other companies. Very bright and super heavy on the natural pigment so expect to work with paint that is very reflective in chroma because of the medium grind natural earths have. If you grind certain pigmensts too far they don't give off as bright a hue. These aren't artificial substitutes that have a thin dye like constituency. I've used a lot of ochres and yellows over the years and have never seen anything as great as the yellow Italian earth in this line. Very similar in quality to old holland/williamsburg oil colors. Buy the whole line if you do any landscape work!
(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Will never buy again.
By Desert artist
from Scottsdale, AZ
The paint is not like any oils I am familiar with. Just thought I would give it a try not worth the money.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear you did not have a satisfying experience with this product. Please know that if you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Service Department at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful earth tones. Thick consistenc
from Danville, PA
This is my first use of Maimeri oils. The colors are beautiful (orange earth, white earth, antique green, red earth, and yellow earth). These paints are much thicker and more coarse than what I usually use, and so I added Liquin to them. Painted an abstract, and the colors coordinated beautifully. Would recommend, but be aware that these paints are very thick.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Consistency reminds me of Williamsburg
from Rockford, IL
I am surprised this paint's rating is so low.I have several of the tubes and they are impressive for the price.They remind me of Williamsburg with its thick and earthy feel and look. Spreads well.The colors are earthy so they are subdued.I think the paints are great for landscapes and the colors are fun.
excellent landscape colors
from Coahoma, Texas
excellent natural hues for landscapes. i've re-ordered several times. antique green is excellent. not too bright.
from MI, USA
I have used Maimeri Classico and Puro oils for over a year and I ordered a whole set of these. The consistency was so awful (like mud with chunks of dry earth in it), I asked Dick Blick if I could send them all back. They have been great about it and are allowing the return.
Merchant response: At Blick we always attempt to provide the best information possible to our customers. In this case, it is true that the pigments in the Maimeri Classico Italian Natural Earths are milled to a larger particle size, so these paints will be grainier and denser. If you ever have specific questions regarding our products, please contact our Product Information department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 933-2542. Our product specialists will be happy to help you with questions about art materials, product applications, and techniques.
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