In the Middle Ages West, the blue paint ultramarine was as valuable as gold.  Ultramarine was considered a pure, divine color and was extremely difficult to make.  Amongst other things, it was used with genuine gold and vermillon (a type of red) for important illustrated documents, the robes of the Virgin Mary were ultramarine and people owned paintings with ultramarine to demonstrate their wealth.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s