Marian blue

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Marian blue
Mary's monogram (Marist Brothers).svg
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Hex triplet#E1EBEE
sRGBB  (rgb)(225, 235, 238)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k)(194, 44, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v)(193°, 30%, 91%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
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Marian blue is a tone of the color celeste named for its use with the Virgin Mary.


In paintings, Mary is traditionally portrayed in blue. This tradition can trace its origin to the Byzantine Empire, from circa 500 AD, where blue was "the color of an empress". A more practical explanation for the use of this color is that in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the blue pigment was derived from the rock lapis lazuli, a stone imported from Afghanistan of greater value than gold. Beyond a painter's retainer, patrons were expected to purchase any gold or lapis lazuli to be used in the painting. Hence, it was an expression of devotion and glorification to swathe the Virgin in gowns of blue. Transformations in visual depictions of the Virgin from the 13th to 15th centuries mirror her "social" standing within the Church as well as in society.[1]

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  1. ^ Kugeares, Sophia Manoulian. Images Of The Annunciation Of The Virgin Mary Of The 13Th, 14Th And 15Th Century. n.p.: 1991., 1991. University of South Florida Libraries Catalog. Web. April 8, 2016.