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Minium 50ml

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Minium 50ml
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Series 5
50 ml (1.69 fl oz) tube

WARNING! CONTAINS LEAD. Please read the MSDS for more information.

Rublev Colours Minium is an intense orange red found on old masters' palettes. It is very opaque, good tinting strength, smooth grained and makes a "long" paint.

Minium, which is red lead or lead tetroxide, is an oxidation product of lead. Lead pigments have been made artificially since antiquity, although health concerns of lead poisoning has greatly diminished its role in paint today.

Permanence and Compatibility: Minium is liable to discolor in the presence of hydrogen sulfide, which is present in air pollution. It may also react when mixed with sulfide pigments, such as cadmium pigments. In oil paint it is fairly permanent, however, some have noted that when mixed with white lead, it tends to fade rather than turn dark. Red lead oil paint dries the quickest of all pigments and for this reason we use only 98% lead tetroxide, add a small amount of clay (less than 5%) and make only small batches to avoid hardening in the tube.

Rublev Colours Artists' Oils Minium (Red Lead)
Rublev Colours Artists' Oils Minium (Red Lead)
Note: Colors swatches are shown on the left in mass tone from the tube, and mixed with an equal amount of white on the right. All pictures of color swatches in this web site are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We taken every care to match the color in these pictures on calibrated color monitors to the actual color. However, because of the wide variance in color monitors the results you get may vary.

Color Names
Common Names: Chinese: ch'ien tan or tan-fen
English: minium
French: minium
German: Mennige
Italian: minio
Japanese: etan
Spanish: minio or azarcon, from Arabic zarqun
Alternate Names: English: mine rouge, mineral red, Paris red, red lead, Sandix, Saturnine, Saturn red
French: minium de plomb
German: Bleimennige
Italian: minio di piombo, rosso saturno

Color Information
Single Pigment: Red Lead
Binder: Linseed Oil
Pigment Information
Color: Red
Colour Index: Pigment Red 30
Chemical Name: Lead tetroxide
Chemical Formula: Pb3O4
ASTM Lightfastness: Not Tested
Opacity: Opaque
Tinting Strength: Average
Drying rate: Fast

WARNING: HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR BY SKIN CONTACT. Contains Lead Tetroxide. Avoid ingestion and skin contact. Wear protective clothing and gloves to prevent contact with broken skin. Never use near children or pets. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.

Note: Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Oil Colours and is a natural process when no stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.


Single Pigment: Red Lead
Binder: Linseed Oil
Color: Red
Color Index: Pigment Red 30
Chemical Name: Lead tetroxide
ASTM Lightfastness Rating: Not rated
Opacity: Opaque
Tinting Strength: Average
Drying Rate: Fast

Natural Pigments

Natural Pigments is a limited liability company based in Willits, California. We manufacture and distribute rare and hard-to-find materials for fine artists and decorators. We specialize in supplying artists' materials that were used in historical painting since pre-historic times up to and including the nineteenth century.

We constantly search for materials and products of the finest quality so that we can bring them direct to you from the source. To do so, we travel the world to find materials specifically for use by professional artists and decorators. We obtain minerals from mines in Afghanistan, Chile, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, to name a few places, processing these into natural pigments. We purchase resins, gums and plants from India, Kenya and Malaysia to make natural varnishes and painting mediums.

Our mission is to provide the largest variety of natural pigments, paints and other professional artists' supplies, enabling us to bring you a selection that makes shopping for rare and hard-to-find art materials easy. Our objective is to promote the education and use of these materials among artists by providing detailed information for their employment in encaustic, fresco, oil, watercolor and tempera painting.
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