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A Treatise on Painting, by Leonardo da Vinci
Senex and Taylor, London


LDE T0212   CID115  How to augment the beauty of Verdigris

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Some Aloes Cavallino mix'd with your Verdigris, will make it much more beautiful than it was before; and it wou'd become still more so, by the mixture of a little Saffron, cou'd it be prevented from evaporating. The Goodness of your Aloes, will be found in its dissolving in hot Aqua Vitæ, which dissolves it much better than Cold: And if after using any of the Verdigris, you go slightly over it with some of this liquisied Aloes, you'll find the Colour become incomparably beautiful: Further, this Aloes may be ground in Oil, either by it self, or with Verdigris, or with any other Colour that you please.