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Sun, 22nd Jun 2014

The Science of Making Colour

An arch of colourful party balloons (c) Ishmael Orendain

The latest digital imaging techniques are literally throwing new light on the ingenious variety of materials that have been used over the centuries to create artists’ paint pigments.

A new exhibition at the National Gallery in London is looking at the history of colour making over time. Jane Reck has been finding out how preparations were given a helping hand with a state-of the art positioning easel that provides the ability to examine great works of art in unprecedented detail. 



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