National Gallery home for colour exhibition

Date Posted: 17/04/2014

Making Colour, offering groups a history of colour in paintings, will run at London’s National Gallery from 18th June to 7th September.

Using the gallery’s own collection, and the expertise of the National Gallery’s scientific department, school groups will not only learn about the history of the use of colour, but also the origins and developments of the physical materials themselves - from natural and mineral products to manufactured pigments.

By following trade routes and exploring artistic experimentation over 700 years, Making Colour will explore the material problems faced by artists in achieving their painting aims, the breakthroughs they struggled for and the technical challenges they faced in creating works.

The exhibition will transport pupils through the full colour spectrum. Each room will be dedicated to a particular colour and the show includes a room devoted to gold and silver.

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Photo credit: NG4865 Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure'), about 1896 © The National Gallery, London.

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