Yellow pigments

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Yellow is a color produced by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of about 560–590nm. Yellow is considered a secondary color in the RGB additive color system and a primary color in the traditional RYB color wheel. It is represented by the following color coordinates:

- Hex triplet: # FFFF00

- RGB: (255, 255, 0); CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100)

- HSV: (%)

Examples of inorganic yellow pigments:

- earth colors (Raw umber, Goethite, Limonite, Ocher).

- oxides (Litharge).

- sulfides (Orpiment, Cadmium sulfide).

- chromates (zinc chromate, Strontium chromate, Barium chromate, Lead chromate).

- other (Cobalt yellow, Naples yellow).

Examples of organic yellow pigments:

- animal (Indian yellow).

- vegetable (Saffron, Gamboge, weld, Luteolin, Xanthin, Quercitron, Persian berries).

- synthetic (Hansa, diazo dyes).

Synonyms and Related Terms

gul (Dan., Sven.); Gelb (Deut.); amarillo (Esp.); pigments jaunes (Fr.); giallo (It.); flavus (Lat.); geel (Ned.); amarelo (Port.); pigmentos amarelos (Port.)

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)
  • The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996 Comment: "Pigments"

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