Minium 50ml

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An intense orange red found on old masters' palettes. It is very opaque, good tinting strength, smooth grained and makes a "long" paint. Note: Red lead has a shelf life. Please contact us for more information.

Minium (Red Lead) is a deep orange red color. 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.

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 aluminum stearate (less than 2%), and make only small batches to avoid hardening in the tube. This is done to prevent hardening in the tubes quickly, but will not prevent it entirely.

Composition and Permanence

Minium (Red Lead)
Color: Red Lead
Binder: Walnut oil
Additive(s): Aluminum stearate
Pigment Information
Pigment: Red Lead
Pigment Classification: Synthetic inorganic
Colour Index: Pigment Red 105
Chemical Name: Lead(II,IV) Oxide, Lead Tetroxide, Triplumbic Tetroxide
Chemical Formula: Pb3O4
CAS No. 1314-41-6
Code: 509
Series: 5
Opacity: Opaque
Tinting Strength: High
Drying Rate: Fast
ASTM Lightfastness: Not Listed
Permanence: A - 6
Safety Information: DANGER! HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED OR BY SKIN CONTACT. Contains Lead. 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.
Proposition 65: Warning: This product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.
Must be used exclusively as material for the purposes of arts, crafts or hobbies, not for use by children.
Utiliser uniquement aux fins suivantes comme matériaux pour les besoins d'art, d'artisanat ou passe-temps, pas pour une utilisation par les enfants.

For a detailed explanation of the terms in the table above, please visit Composition and Permanence.


Some separation of pigment and oil may occur in Rublev Colours Artist Oils and is a natural process when no wax or stabilizers are added to paint to prevent this from occurring.

All images of color swatches in this web site are only approximations of the actual color of the oil paint. We have 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 Swatch Note: The color swatch was created with a thick application (left side) of color and a tint (right side) made with equal parts of color and titanium white and applied on acrylic primed cotton canvas.

Drawdown Note: The image of the "drawdown" contains a pre-mixed paint film of 6 mil (0.006 inch) thickness applied to a standard test card for the purposes of examining color consistency, opacity and other qualities. The drawdowns show the color full strength (mass tone), on the left, and mixed in a 1:2 ratio with titanium white on the right. The bottom area of the drawdowns are scraped to show undertones.

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
More Information
BrandRublev Colours
VendorNatural Pigments
Processing TimeUsually ships the next business day.
Size50 ml tube

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