Past Event

Elisabeth Berry Drago - Bewitching Chemistry: Art, Alchemy, and the Making of Color

April 6, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

In the 17th century, artists and alchemists competed to imitate and even improve elements of the natural world. But one thing united their attempts: color. Manufactured by alchemy, pigments such as lead white, azurite, and vermillion (lead carbonate, copper carbonate, mercuric sulfide) were key to painters’ astonishing, illusionistic renderings of the natural world. 

Join us on April 6 as Science History Institute Research Fellow Elisabeth Berry Drago explores the making of pigments and their implications to the histories of both art and science.

This event is free and open to the public.