2532. Returning to his cell the day after his exposure to this conversation about the dark ages, he was distressed to notice that all the faces he had painted were indeed outlined in black, and not only that, all the skin tones were exactly the same kind of peachy red color.
2533. I just must belong in the dark ages then, and I am
completely out of place here in the early Renaissance, he said to
himself, rapping his head with his knuckles as usual.
2534. Regardless of the imaginary criticism Faldoni
suffered from while doing his paintings, still he labored at his
project, and continued to paint his faces all one color with black lines
around all the shapes and separating all of the forms, and it was quite
by accident one day that he discovered that, indeed, light is a “thing”
and you can paint it just like you can paint orange peel, or a banana.
2535. Face color is a prodigiously difficult color for an artist to mix up. Why it is so hard we will have to talk about later, but for now we will just say that Faldoni had a simple formula for his face color which consisted of two parts Venetian Red, one part of white, and a very little bit of green earth added in for good measure.