Rose madder

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Statue under normal lighting conditions


A natural dark pink madder colorant. Rose madder became popular as an artist pigment after the madder plant was imported to Holland in the 16th century. The colorant was extracted from madder roots with an acid, then the precipitate, primarily pseudopurpurin, was redissolved in alum then reprecipitated with calcium carbonate (chalk) to produce a pink lake (Schweppe and Winter 1997).

Statue under ultraviolet light

Synonyms and Related Terms

Natural red 9; rosa de garança (Port.); rose de garance (Fr.);


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Other Properties

ASTM (1999) lightfastness = IV (poor)

Additional Information

H.Schweppe, J.Winter, "Madder and Alizarin", Artists Pigments, Volume 3, E. West FitzHugh (ed.), Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997.

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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: - ASTM lightfastness = IV