The Colorful Windows of Italy

Italy, being home to Romeo and Juilet is known for its many romantic scenery that leaves lovers in love. It isn’t only the majestic mist that makes Italy home to lovers but it is its colorful buildings that makes it home to photographers, painters, admirers and explorers.

The shades of Italy are best known as: Sienna, Naples Yellow, Valentino Red, Venetian Red and Paolo Veronese Green.


Sienna is a name derived from the words “terra di Sienna” which roughly translates to: earth of Sienna. The yellow-brown colour pigment was named after the Tuscan City where it was first used by artists during the Renaissance.

By Lara Sabry

The pigment is said to be discovered and first ever used by humans during the Roman times as they appear in cave paintings and Ancient Roman frescoes. The brown pigment was in common use in the 16th century by artists including Caravaggio and Rembrandt. In contemporary times, the pigment is still being produced and used around Italy.

Verona, Italy By Lara Sabry

Titian Red

The pigment is said to have obtained its name from the brownish-orange colour seen on women’s hair in many of the paintings of Italian artist, Tiziano Vecelli (Known as Titian in English). Titian has come to be one of the most admired artists in the 16th Century and his use of the Titian Red colour has raised the interests of many.

Cinque Terre, Italy By Lara Sabry

Venetian Red

The pigment is said to be made from a natural earth, being extracted from a quarry near Venice. Artists are known to have used the pigment for centuries, although it wasn’t until the 1700s that the pigment was given a name.

Verona, Italy By Lara Sabry

Naples Yellow (Antimony Yellow)

The words ‘Antimony Yellow’ are used to describe different tints and shades of yellow: from an earthly, reddish yellow to a bright light yellow. The colour was adopted and discovered by Old Masters and was first introduced as a definite colour in the 18th century. Although the pigment is not commonly used around Italy as it once was, the shades of yellow still reflectively stand out on the buildings of Italy.

Bologna, Italy By Lara Sabry
Like what you read? Give Lara Sabry a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.