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Laurence Bleu

During the Renaissance, the color blue was associated with purity, and ultramarine (Europeans called the expensive powdered pigment of azurite ultramarine, which literally means over the sea) was used to striking effect in paintings of the Virgin Mary, where she was almost invariably depicted wearing ultramarine blue garments. The high price of ultramarine also meant that its use was appropriate for the mother of Christ and royalty. Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo used ultramarine as well to symbolize spirituality. In religious symbolism, blue signifies truth and is associated with the creative power of God.

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