Vermilion, Mauve & Prussian Blue: How Colours can Change the World by VAMuseum

One was believed to be fundamental to making the Philosopher’s Stone; another opened up a new branch of Chemistry; and the third was originally made using a little blood. These three colours — relative novelties today — were scientific breakthroughs of their day, and their manufacture and use created intriguing and unlooked-for consequences in art, commerce and culture. Kassia St Clair shares the stories of these three unusual pigments.

Kassia St Clair is design writer and author of ‘The Secret Lives of Colour’.

This talk took place on Wednesday 19 April 2017.