Roman Black Oil Paint

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A single-pigment color comprised of a natural black earth; a dense, opaque, heavy color that is permanent. Learn more.

Rublev Colours Roman Black is comparatively neutral in undertone and non-greasy compared to carbon blacks. The composition of our Roman black earth consists of the minerals magnetite (iron oxide), calcite (calcium carbonate), and pyrolusite (manganese oxide). It comes from quarries in Verona, Italy, and is named after its use in frescos by ancient Roman artists.

Composition and Permanence

Roman Black
Color:Roman Black
Binder:Linseed oil
Pigment Information
Pigment:Black Earth
Pigment Classification:Natural inorganic
Colour Index:Pigment Black 11
Chemical Name:Natural mixture of Iron oxide, manganese oxide, and calcium carbonate
Chemical Formula:N/A
Tinting Strength:Medium
Drying Rate:Medium
ASTM Lightfastness:Not Listed
Permanence:A - Permanent
Safety Information:No acute or known chronic health hazards are associated with this product's anticipated use (most chemicals are not thoroughly tested for chronic toxicity). Protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhaling spraying mists, sanding dust, and vapors from heating. Conforms to ASTM D-4236

For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.


Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.

All images of color swatches on this website are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have carefully matched the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, your results may vary because of the wide variance in color monitors.

Color Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mils (0.006 inches) thickness applied to a standard test card to examine color consistency, opacity, and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color's full strength (mass tone) on the left and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns is scraped to show undertones.

More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorRublev Colours
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Pigment TypeInorganic, Earth, Natural

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