San Giovanni Ilarione

Ercolano Red comes from crushed natural red earth extracted from the quarries of San Giovanni Ilarione, Veneto (northern Italy).  The name “Ercolano” actually refers to a town in southern Italy built on the volcanic material left by the eruption of Vesuvius (79 AD) that destroyed the ancient city of Herculaneum – thus the name Ercolano.  Vocanic lava is often rich with red iron ores and magnesium.  Herculaneum was buried by lava and mud together with Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplontis.  Ercolano Red is lightfast and made with Walnut Oil to benefit color stability over time.  Like other Antique Colours, it has a large particle size – and reflects light more randomly than manufactured pigments.

CI: Pr 102