Hematite Red


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Deep red, slight purple undertone; ground dark hematite used in prehistoric times; ocher iron oxide, trace minerals. During the Renaissance, it was known as Bishop or Cardinal purple, when murex purple became too expensive even for high-ranking churchmen. Hematite is found pretty much worldwide, but our pigment is currently obtained from India. Mixes with any medium or pigment.

AKA: Indian red, natural red, [Fr] oxyde rouge naturelle, rouge Indien, [It] rosso ossideo.

The gallery photos show:

(1) A 30,000-year-old handprint, from Chauvet Cave in France; created by blowing a natural iron oxide red onto a cave wall.

(2) Watch and ribbon from a still-life by Pieter Claesz (c. 1597–1660) a Dutch ‘Golden Age’ artist.

General protective measures:

Always wear a dust mask, gloves, apron and eye protection.

These dry pigments are not sold for cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical or tattoo use.

Keep away from foodstuffs and drinks. Do not eat, drink or smoke during work. Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work. Do not allow children or pets to contact these art materials.

Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Historical Background


Pigment Type

Natural Earth

Color Family



  1. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    This deep warm red makes a great shading tone for red ochre.

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