14 Jun 2015

Bright Earth: the Invention of Colour

From Sunday 4 'til 8, 4:06 pm on 14 June 2015

Today we can take our pick of masses of paint colours, but artists of earlier times had to painstakingly make their own pigments. Some were immensely expensive. Unstable ones faded or darkened.

Dr Philip Ball reveals the fascinating chemical history of pigments, and how innovations have transformed art.


Some of the art and artists discussed in this lecture.