The globally unique artists’ natural resin-oil colours MUSSINI® arise from the tradition of Italian painting schools and were named after Professor Cesare Mussini, who worked at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. The special feature of these finest professional artists’ colours is primarily due to the basic knowledge of the old masters, which has been retained until today, of combining selected artists' oil with natural resin.
The MUSSINI® range comprises a total of 101 colours + 7 gold shades; 64 of these are single-pigment colours that guarantee brilliant mixing results. In addition, the range has 42 exquisite, transparent and semi-transparent colours. Exceptional dark values, such as atrament, dove grey, sfumato, but also delicacies such as cobalt turquoise, Byzantine blue, Caesar purple, Florentine red, yellowish-green Ural or Mediaeval yellow represent the unique fascination of MUSSINI®.
The high luminosity and the best lightfastness of all colours and the pleasantly pasty consistency are highly valued by oil painters all over the world. For MUSSINI®, only the best traditional and some newly developed artists' pigments are used in maximum concentration. The individual compositions of the pigments with traditional binders such as linseed oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil and parts of the best natural resin solutions (damar) provide excellent light refraction properties, increased luminosity and particularly durable colour layers.
The excellent drying properties of MUSSINI® resin-oil colours come from the fact that the oil parts of the colours increase in volume by absorbing oxygen, while the solvents of the natural resin solution evaporate, thus ensuring a shrinkage in volume. These balancing processes create tension-free and even drying of the colour layers and thus guarantee the longevity of the painting.
MUSSINI® has unlimited ability to mix and combine with all Schmincke oil colours (Norma® Professional, AKADEMIE ® Öl color and College® Oil) and all oil mediums.