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Rembrandt's impasto: Maestro's techniques: Unusual plumbonacrite mineral resides in Rembrandt's impasto, as seen by X-ray diffraction analysis

Rembrandt van Rijn's paintings are renowned for their masterful representations of light and shadow and a characteristic plasticity generated by a technique called impasto. Now, scientists have analyzed impasto layers in some of Rembrandt's paintings, and the study reveals that the impasto unexpectedly contains a very rare lead mineral called plumbonacrite. This finding suggests that Rembrandt used a unique paint recipe.

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