A brilliant red compound composed of mercuric iodide. Iodine scarlet fades to yellow in sunlight and is highly toxic. It was manufactured and sold as a paint pigment for a few years at the beginning of the 19th century.
Synonyms and Related Terms
mercuric iodide; brilliant scarlet; pure scarlet; royal scarlet
Hazards and Safety
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000