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How These Curios History Photos of the Color Green Inspire You

Regia Marinho
4 min readAug 2, 2020


Green is the color between blue and yellow.

The word green comes from the Middle English and Old English word grene. And the German word grün, has the same root as the words grass and grow.

The color green is used in painting and color printing… It’s created by a combination of yellow and blue, or yellow and cyan.

In the RGB color model, used on television and computer screens, it is one of the primary colors, with red and blue, which are mixed in different combinations to create all other colors. Wikipedia.


In the Neolithic or the New Stone Age, cave paintings do not have traces of green pigments.

Neolithic peoples in northern Europe did make a green dye for clothing, made from the leaves of the birch tree.

It was of very poor quality, more brown than green.

Ceramics from ancient Mesopotamia shows people wearing vivid green costumes, but it is unknown how the colors were produced.

People have tried for centuries to make a truly green pigment.

Green was the symbol of regeneration and rebirth in ancient Egypt.

They tried using the copper mineral malachite to paint on tomb walls.

And the ancient Romans came up with the solution to soak copper plates in wine to create verdigris, a green pigment that comes after weathering the metal.

This is this same green hue that you would see today on old coins.

The ancient Romans used this pigment on mosaics, frescos, and stained glass.

This early hue was also used by medieval monks to color manuscripts.

Monks in monasteries also used verdigris, made by soaking copper in fermenting wine, to color medieval manuscripts.


In the middle ages, the color of clothing indicated a person’s social rank and profession.



Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer.