The History of Magenta
In the color wheels of life, magenta is located midway between red and blue. The name comes from an aniline dye that was made and patented by French chemist François-Emmanuel Verguin in 1859. Originally called fuchsine, Vergin renamed the color in honor of the Italian French victory at the Battle of Magenta (June 4, 1959) between the French and Austrians near Magenta in Lombardy, Italy. In 1860, British chemists, Chambers Nicolson and George Maule created a similar color called roseine.
A fun and interesting aspect of the magenta color is that its hue isn’t associated with monochromatic visible light. Instead, it is the perception of spectral power distributions
concentrated mostly in two bands: longer wavelength reddish components and shorter wavelength blueish components. In the RGB color system, magenta is a secondary color of equal amounts of red and blue light at high intensity.
Tones of magenta were tested and reconstructed over time. Enter 2023 and PANTONE 18-1750.