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Alchemy and Adventure: A history of exotic colour and poisonous pigments Lynne Gibson Tuesday 08 January 2019

In our modern world it is easy to take colour for granted.  Yet before organic chemistry the most desirable pigments were often exotic or poisonous.  Merchants supplied pungent yellow ‘purree’ nuggets from India, cochineal ‘grana’ from the holds of Spanish galleons, lapis rock carried by camel train from the mountains of Badakhshan.  Alchemists prepared deadly ‘Kings Yellow’ and ‘Ruby of Arsenic’; Moorish Gold’ was concocted according to a 12th century monk, from basilisk powder ground with human blood! This lecture tells the stories of alchemy and adventure behind some of our most colourful and beautiful paintings.

Lynne Gibson BEd, MA has held posts at the Universities of Sussex and Bristol where she introduced ‘Understanding Art’ to the Lifelong Learning programme.  She gives talks and lectures, runs courses and guides tours for a wide range of organisations including ARCA colleges, Art Galleries and Museums. The Art Fund, the National Trust and The Arts Society.  She has also worked as a professional artist specialising in oil painting and etching.