Verdaille

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A Chinoiserie Procession of Figures Riding on Elephants with Temples Beyond, oil on canvas verdaille by Jean-Baptiste Pillement, Honolulu Museum of Art

A Verdaille is a painting executed entirely or primarily in shades of green. Such a painting is described as having been painted "en verdaille".[1]

Verdaille has its roots in 12th century stained glass made for Cistercian monasteries, which prohibited the use of colored art in 1134. Such paintings are less common than paintings executed in grey (grisaille) or in brown (brunaille).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christie’s, Sale 1380, Old Master Paintings, lot 49, New York, Christie’s, 17 June 2004