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Talk: Chromatopia: A History of Colour at Tate

Thursday, 18 April – 7:00pm tate

Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour, or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects.

Since the beginnings of human existence, colour has played an integral role in the way we describe the world around us. Spanning thousand of years, David Coles, author Chromatopia, tells the history of pigments and their incredible journeys across the globe.

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