The pigment is the element in paint which provides its colour. Pigments can be made of a wide range of materials, including minerals, natural and synthetic dyestuffs, and other man-made compounds.

Paint consists of pigment bound in a medium. The ratio of pigment to medium affects the malleability, colour and drying time of the paint.

Different pigments deteriorate over time in different ways and at different rates.

Source: National Gallery (London)
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