Naples yellow

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Naples Yellow
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FADA5E
sRGBB  (rgb) (250, 218, 94)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 13, 62, 2)
HSV       (h, s, v) (48°, 62%, 98[1]%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Naples yellow, also called antimony yellow, can range from a somewhat muted, or earthy, reddish yellow pigment to a bright light yellow, and is the chemical compound lead(II) antimonate. Its chemical composition is Pb(SbO3)2/Pb3(SbO4)2. It is also known as jaune d'antimoine. It is one of the oldest synthetic pigments, dating from around 1620. The related mineral pigment, bindheimite, dates from the 16th century BC. However, this natural version was rarely, if ever, used as a pigment.

Naples yellow was used extensively by the Old Masters and well into the 20th century. It largely replaced lead-tin-yellow during the eighteenth century. The genuine pigment is toxic, and its use today is becoming increasingly rare. Most paints labeled "Naples yellow" are instead made with a mix of modern, less toxic pigments. The colors of these paints vary considerably from one manufacturer to another.

The first recorded use of Naples yellow as a color name in English was in 1738.[2]

The source of this color is: Color Sample of Naples Yellow (color sample #83), ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)

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  1. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color # FADA5E (Naples Yellow),
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul. A Dictionary of Color New York: McGraw-Hill, 1930, p. 205; Color Sample of Naples Yellow: Page 43, Plate 10, Color Sample F3


  • Wainwright, I.N.M., Taylor, J.M. and Harley, R.D. Lead Antimonate yellow, in Artists’ Pigments. A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Vol. 1: Feller, R.L. (Ed.) Oxford University Press 1986, p. 219 – 254

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