Online Recorded Webinar
Rivers of Gold: Mineral Colours in Ancient and Medieval Art
This lecture is part of a series on Mineral Colours in Ancient and Medieval Art and will explore a network of history, myth, and ancient technology, as well as a first-hand experience of the use of gold as a pigment in art.
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Online Recorded Webinar
About the Event
Colour & Craft is a short series of Art History lectures focusing on the hidden histories of
minerals and metals that were mined, smelted and processed to produce the raw materials
and colours for great works of art in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, both in the
East and the West. This weekly series of four lectures by Anita Chowdry is devoted to
minerals that provided four precious colour-groups, and their value in the decorative arts.
Referencing objects from museum collections, with a wide range of fascinating
documentary sources dating from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance, this
series offers a rich tapestry of information, delving into history, folklore, trade, industry, art
Rivers of Gold examines our perennial fascination with gold that has woven for us a rich cultural and industrial history, which includes its lavish use in the decorative arts. This lecture will explore a network of history, myth, and ancient technology, as well as a first-hand experience of the use of gold as a pigment in art.
Other Lectures in this series, still available on demand:
Heavenly Blues explores one of the most sought after colours in the arts with a long history of industrial processing. This lecture will provide an overview of different mineral and chemical blues, their role in trade, and a focus on the finer points of using precious Lapis Lazuli as a pigment in painting and illumination in Persian manuscripts.
Green Serene is all about the use and symbolism of green pigments and minerals, particularly in the context of the Islamic world. In the mineral world, green is associated with emeralds, jade, and also with copper, the earliest of the metals to be mined, smelted and processed. Its ores and derivatives provided us with a beautiful range of pigments that we see in ceramics and manuscripts.
Red Metal is about the complex history of the powerful red mineral pigments - vermilion, red lead, and haematite. We will consider their integral role in the history of alchemy and philosophy as well as industry, and how this impacted on their use in painting across cultures.
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