Umber is a natural dark brown named for an earthy pigment composed of iron oxide (rust) and manganese oxide. The pigment umber is named after Umbria, a mountainous region of Italy where it was historically produced. Umber has been used by humans since the neolithic period and it appears in cave drawings. The umber pigment has a variety of colors depending on its content and processing. For example, umber becomes a more intense color when heated. As such, the color umber is a range of dark browns that may appear yellowish, reddish or greyish. Umber can also be dark enough to be perceived as a black color. The following are common types of umber.
A natural dark brown named for an earthy pigment composed of iron oxide and manganese oxide.
EarthyNatural. It is still possible to find products colored with umber pigment from natural earths.Often perceived as grim and serious.Named for the Umbria region of Italy where it was historically extracted.Renaissance and Baroque period art. Artists particularly known for their use of umber include Caravaggio, Rembrandt (above) and Johannes Vermeer.
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