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Making Colour

Two films exploring how artists transform pigments into dazzling works of art and the science used to identify the raw ingredients of paint.

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  • Making Purple: The Science of Art

    Visit the National Gallery's Scientific Department to see how the blue and red pigments traditionally mixed to make purple paint are analysed and identified. The methods used range from state-of-the-art electron microscopy to recreating historic methods for obtaining pigments.

    This film accompanies the National Gallery exhibition 'Making Colour' (18 June - 7 September 2014).

    Visit the National Gallery's Scientific Department to see how the blue and red pigments traditionally mixed to make purple paint are analysed and identified. The methods used range from state-of-the-art electron microscopy to recreating historic methods for obtaining pigments.

    This film accompanies the National Gallery exhibition 'Making Colour' (18 June - 7 September 2014).

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    Making Purple: The Science of Art

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  • Making Green: Tempera versus Oil

    Watch a painting demonstration to learn about the different properties of green pigments bound in egg tempera and those mixed with oil, and see how these were used to achieve very different effects in masterpieces from the National Gallery's collection.

    This film accompanies the National Gallery exhibition 'Making Colour' (18 June - 7 September 2014).

    Watch a painting demonstration to learn about the different properties of green pigments bound in egg tempera and those mixed with oil, and see how these were used to achieve very different effects in masterpieces from the National Gallery's collection.

    This film accompanies the National Gallery exhibition 'Making Colour' (18 June - 7 September 2014).

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    Making Green: Tempera versus Oil

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