A clear, bright red, transparent lake pigment. Alizarin crimson is prepared by precipitating the synthetic dyestuff alizarin on a neutral base of alumina trihydrate. This produces a brilliant, ruby red color that has fair to good permanency. Other base materials are used to give varying shades of red.
Synonyms and Related Terms
alizarin madder (AAT); Pigment Red 83; alizarin carmine; rose madder; madder lake, synthetic madder, alizarin red; alizarin scarlet; alizarina crimson (Esp., Port.); cremisi d'alizarina (It.)
ISO R105 Lightfastness Classification = 4-5
° H.Schweppe, J.Winter, "Madder and Alizarin", Artists Pigments, Volume 3, E. West FitzHugh (ed.), Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997.
° Pigments Through the Ages: Madder Lake
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)
- Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of their History and Characteristics, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Vol. 3, 1997 Comment: H.Schweppe, J.Winter, "Madder and Alizarin"
- Website address 1 Comment: www.handprint.com
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000