BY: NATANIA SHERMAN
|Collect the rainbow! (Source)|
|Who knew Harvard was so colourful? (Source)|
The fifteenth century was not the only time when notable colours became trendy in the art world. In the 18th and 19th century a pigment called Mummy Brown which is in the Forbes Collection, was very popular and was made out of brown resin harvested from Egyptian mummies. Even today colours can be contentious in the art world. Take for example, the recent invention of Vantablack, which absorbs 99.9 percent of radiation in the spectrum making it the blackest material on earth. Contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer bought exclusive artistic rights to Vantablack, controversially making it illegal for other artists to use it.
|Pigments for days. (Source)|
For further reading:
in Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy: A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-27 and 86-93
Francesca G. Bewer (2010) A Laboratory for Art: Harvard's Fogg Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America, 1900-1950, Harvard University Art Museums
Kate Sierzputowski (01/08/2016) "Harvard’s Colorful Library Filled With 2,500 Pigments Collected from Around the World"
Diana Budds, (03/21/16) "The Harvard Library that protects the worlds rarest colours." FastCo Design
Colleen Walsh (09/17/2015) "A wall of colour, a window to the past." Harvard Gazette