Alizarin crimson

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Alizarin crimson


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.)


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Physical and Chemical Properties

ISO R105 Lightfastness Classification = 4-5

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Resources and Citations

  • H.Schweppe, J.Winter, "Madder and Alizarin", Artists Pigments, Volume 3, E. West FitzHugh (ed.), Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997.
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
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