White pigments

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MFA# 1993.752


White is a color that is defined as the total reflection of all frequencies of visible light. It occurs visually when all three color receptor cones in the eye are exposed to equal amounts of light. The color white is represented by the following color coordinates:

  • Hex triplet: #FFFFFF
  • RGB: (255, 255, 255)
  • HSV: (-°, 0%, 100%)

Examples of opaque white pigments:

Examples of transparent or translucent white pigments:

Synonyms and Related Terms

hvid (Dan.); Weiss (Deut.); Weiß (Deut.); blanco (Esp.); blanc (Fr.); bianco (It.); albus (Lat.); wit (Ned.); branco (Port.); vit (Sven.)


Characteristics of Common White Pigments

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)

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