The History and Beauty of Schmincke Mussini Oils
Cesare Mussini, famous painter and guardian of the old masters’ formulas (June 9, 1804, Berlin – May 24, 1879, Florence), painted mainly portraits and religious paintings. Some of his works, for example a self-portrait, can be admired in the Uffizi, in Florence, Italy, among other museums. In 1820 he began his studies at the Academy of Florence; later on he also worked as professor at this Academy.
Before the invention of the paint tube, the old masters’ formulas of resin-oil colours had almost been forgotten because these colours were not suited to long-term storage in the traditional leather and hide pouches. Cesare Mussini understood the formulas of resin-oil colours and used them for all his works. He sold the formulas to German chemists Hermann Schmincke and Josef Horadam, founders of H. Schmincke & Co. Schmincke and Horadam studied and improved his precious formulas and succeeded in putting these resin-oil colours into tubes. Owning these formulas led to the establishment of the Schmincke company and led to the brand name MUSSINI®, the Schmincke line of resin-oil colours. These achievements are the foundation of the manufacturer of finest artists’ colours, H. Schmincke & Co., and for the worldwide commercial success of MUSSINI® since 1881.
MUSSINI® is the perfect combination of tradition and modern business. Over time, the famous MUSSINI® finest resin oil colours have continuously been improved in the Schmincke lab – always taking note of the results of modern research and development. MUSSINI® is unique throughout the world! Finest pigments, extraordinary brilliance, highest possible light resistance, colours of superior quality – that’s MUSSINI®
All 108 colours of this unique natural resin oil meet artists’ highest requirements as Schmincke uses only the finest artists’ pigments in their highest concentration and purity. However, the real secret is the combination of well-chosen painting oils with best Indonesian dammar natural resin. The colours’ brilliance and depth (refractive properties) are unique effects of natural resin replacing parts of more common fat oils, which normally tend to yellow. The optimised combination of natural resins and oils has a direct positive effect on the drying properties of MUSSINI®. The increase in volume, resulting from the chemical drying process which begins on the surface via oxygen uptake, is largely compensated by the solvent content in the dammar solution with evaporates from inside. The balanced drying process provides tension-free and durable colour layers.
MUSSINI®, the finest resin oil paint, based on the old masters’ formulations guarded by Cesare Mussini and optimised by means of modern techniques and raw materials, is both traditional and modern. The character and the quality of MUSSINI® are unique throughout the world and meet the requirements of demanding artists.