Golden Historical Colours are "authentic recreations" of colours that have been used for hundreds of years and were considered essential to the palettes of past masters. Because of inconsistencies in the performance of these original pigments, artists expressed a widespread need for a safe, reliable paint that could accurately replicate the qualities and capabilities of the originals. Golden worked closely with art experts and museum curators to determine how these paints performed in classic paintings. Great care has been taken to match both the colours and working properties of the original pigments, while resolving the questionable production practices and improving performance standards.
Contemporary artists can now explore the profoundly distinct qualities of historically significant colours, enjoying the advantages brought about by modern chemistry: lightfastness, safe use and permanence.
In the Bengal province of India, a group of farmers raised herds of cattle fed only on mango leaves and water. The urine from these cows, bright yellow in colour, was distilled to produce the pigment for Indian Yellow. This practice wa considered by many to be inhumane, and, since 1908, the marketing of Indian Yellow has been prohibited.