Making Colour

18 Jun 2014 – 7 Sep 2014

Cost of entry

Adult £8.00

The National Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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From lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, to dazzling gold and silver — travel through the story of colour with the National Gallery.


‘Making Colour', the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues. Span hundreds of years from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement as you take in displays of paintings, mineral specimens, textiles, ceramics and glass. Journey from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian — in a series of colour-themed rooms. Finally, enter a dazzling central room devoted to gold and silver. ‘Making Colour' is complemented by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought on colour. Designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register colour, the experiment will reveal how the eye and brain respond to colour in unexpected ways.


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