The name Lapis Lazuli, can be traced back to an ancient arabic word for blue. This stone was crushed to create an expensive, highly prized blue pigment. Beginning in the 1800's ultramarine blue was derived from a manmade substance which made this vibrant colour more affordable and accessible for artists.
My vivid imagination conjures visions of this piece being an ancient byzantine treasure resting on a swath of exotic silk fabric...
Another series may be emerging.
9x12 oil on canvas.