From lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, to dazzling gold and silver – travel through the story of colour with the National Gallery.
‘Making Colour’, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling minerals to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues.
Journey from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian – in a series of colour-themed rooms. Finally, enter a dazzling central room devoted to gold and silver.
‘Making Colour’ is complemented by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought on colour. Designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register colour, the experiment will reveal how the eye and brain respond to colour in unexpected ways.
‘Making Colour' is part of the 'National Gallery Inspires' programme of exhibitions. Drawn from the National Gallery collection, the exhibitions take a fresh view of National Gallery paintings alongside special loans and feature world-leading research by Gallery experts.
Generously supported by
with additional support from:
TERRY de GUNZBURG
The Tavolozza Foundation - Katrin Bellinger
Dr Nicola Coldstream
Simon & Virginia Robertson
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council supports scientific research at the National Gallery