Giotto Blue


With canvas and paint set before me,

I would choose Giotto blue for this sky

that is a cathedral dome above me.

Spare no expense for the ultramarine pigment

for this Earthly chapel that surrounds me.

natural ultramarine pigment

Image: detail from Giotto’s painted interior of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua,¬† Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ)