Those silly ancient Romans…

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During the Renaissance the color of red was achieved in painting with the use of vermilion.

“Vermilion was made from cinnabar, a brick-red mineral the ancient Romans believed came from the blood of dragons crushed to death under the weight of elephants.”**

So silly and yet so specific!

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**King, Ross (2012-10-30). Leonardo and the Last Supper (p. 149). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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