colors were perfect except the greenish-white which is the hardest for us. They had no difficulty with the Tyrian purple.
The burned city of Pompeii
was a city of stucco.
All the houses are stucco outside, and it is stained with Tyrian purple,--the royal color of antiquity.
But you never can rely on the name of a color after a thousand years. So the Tyrian purple is almost a red,--about the color of these curtains.
This is a city all of red. It had been buried seventeen hundred years; and if you take a shovel now, and clear away the ashes, this color flames up upon you, a great deal richer than anything we can produce.
You can go down into the narrow vault which Nero
built him as a retreat from the great heat, and you will find the walls painted all over with fanciful designs in arabesque which have been buried beneath the earth fifteen hundred years; but when the peasants light it up with their torches, the colors flash out before you as fresh as they were in the days of Saint Paul
Your fellow-citizen, Mr. Page
, spent twelve years in Venice
, studying Titian's method of mixing his colors, and he thinks he has got it. Yet come down from Titian, whose colors are wonderfully and perfectly fresh, to Sir Joshua Reynolds
, and although his colors are not yet a hundred years old, they are fading: the colors on his lips are dying out, and the cheeks are losing their tints.
He did not know how to mix well.
All this mastery of color is as yet unequalled.
If you should go with that most delightful of all lecturers, Professor Tyndall
, he would show you in the spectrum the vanishing rays of violet, and prove to you that beyond their limit there are rays still more delicate, and to you invisible, but which he, by chemical paper, will make visible; and he will tell you that probably, though you see three or four inches more