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When Nature, Science, Technology, and Art Meet

By Béa Aaronson

What is color? Where does color come from? For the scientific mind, we must go back to Isaac Newton’s Roy g biv (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo)! But for the artists? Today we press on a tube and premixed color oozes out, ready to use. Do you have an idea of how it got there?

“The History of Color”
Wed, May 27, 4:30pm and 6:30pm
La Ostra Roja, a Casa Verde annex
San Jorge 45 (off Refugio sur)
Colonia San Antonio
130 pesos
Reservations: 121 1026, 152 3730

The history of color is the truly wonderful story of how humans harnessed nature to produce colors: urine, blood, clay, bones, ivory, trees, resin, plants, flowers, precious stones, insects, snails, shells, animal gall bladders!

In this presentation, rich in illustrations and information, I shall take you through the ages. From prehistoric and Mayan artists who projected their ritualistic cosmic vision through the use of natural pigments, to Egyptian and Greco-Roman tempera and encaustic processes, to medieval illuminations and the Renaissance’s first oil paintings, to the 18th century pastel revolution, right to the 19th century industrial development of synthetic color and the invention of the collapsible paint tube.

To fully appreciate the role of color in life and art, this presentation will prove quite an eye opener. I invite you to follow me on a journey beginning some 75,000 years ago, through Spain, France, Egypt, the Maya culture, Greece, Rome, and India. The human adventure of color is at the heart of what we hold so precious in our lives … Art!


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