Ultramarine means, from Beyond the Sea. During the Renaissance, it was a highly values color that was second only to gold. This particular paint came primarily from Afghanistan. The mines for the stone that were in a valley in northeast Afghanistan, collectively called Sar-e-sang, "the Place of the Stone". John Ruskin said, “The blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight; and whether seen perpetually over your head, or crystallized once in a thousand years into a single and incomparable stone, your acknowledgment of its beauty is equally natural, simple, and instantaneous.”
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