In yesterday’s post I wrote that the Italian painter Tranquillo Cremona (1837-1878) was killed by his favourite white, the basic carbonate of lead, which could cause saturnism, the ancient name of lead poisoning, a name deriving from “Saturn”, the Roman god associated with this metal by the alchemists.Tranquillo Cremona died of lead poisoning at the […]

White Lead – Ceruse (1)