11 February 2021

Winter lecture: Colour in science and art

In 1706 a German chemist invented what is commonly considered the first ‘modern’ colour, the synthetically produced pigment Prussian Blue.

The discovery of more new pigments in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as a surge in scientific and philosophical writing about colour and colour theory, changed attitudes to colour use in art and interior design dramatically.

This lecture will provide an overview of pigments used before and after ‘modern’ colours were produced. It will examine how scholars, artists, scientists and ‘colourmen’ thought and wrote about colour in this period and draw on relevant examples from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Speaker: Dr Alexandra Loske the Curator for The Royal Pavilion Archives and an Associate Tutor in Art History at the University of Sussex. She has a particular interest in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century European art and architecture. Her major book on the history and beauty of colour diagrams, Colour – A Visual History, is out now.

How to take part:

Due to COVID-19, this winter lecture season will take place over Zoom.

Book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 3pm on Thursday 10 December.

All Winter Lectures are free and open to all thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

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