Caput mortuum

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An obsolete name for a reddish-brown pigment prepared by calcining red iron oxide.

See Venetian red, and Indian red.

Synonyms and Related Terms

caput mortuum (It.); caput mortum (sp.)

Resources and Citations

  • 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
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982