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Virtual Saturday University: The Colors of Space and Time

Oct 10 2020

Asian Art Museum

Off-Site

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Saturday University Lecture Series: Color in Asian Art - Material and Meaning

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Dip into dimensions of color and pigment in Asian art with eight in depth talks. From legend and ritual, to trade and cultural exchange, to technical innovation and changing artistic practices—the use of bold colors has been considered alternatively excessive, precious, or brilliant throughout history. What rare pigments and closely guarded techniques produced some artworks, and what artistic innovations and social changes produced others? Join us to enjoy a spectrum of talks on colors produced from the earth, sea, fire, plants, and insects.

The Colors of Space and Time
Marco Leona, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marco Leona speaks on recent findings on the materials and techniques of Edo and Meiji Period paintings and prints. Japanese painters and printmakers of the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) period achieved a rich visual language within a narrow range of pigments. Yet artists such as Jakuchu, Korin, and Hokusai produced evocative possibilities in ways far more complex than generally thought, especially in experiments with new synthetic color.

Using advanced analytical chemistry, we can build a material history of art based on physical evidence gathered from art masterpieces. This talk will show how technological developments were not only readily embraced, and often prompted by artists and their audiences, but also that they in turn created new forms of expression.

About the Presenter

Marco Leona is David H. Koch Scientist in Charge of the Department of Scientific Research, Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he is responsible for all scientific support for curatorial and conservation activities at the Met. He is also Research Professor at New York University.

OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES

OCT 3


Dragon's Blood and the Blood of Dragons

OCT 10


The Colors of Space and Time

OCT 17


Shades of Green and White

OCT 24


Pigments and Artistic Interventions

OCT 31


Indigo in Two 15th-century Chinese Paintings

NOV 7


Korean Culture in Five Colors

NOV 14


Colors of the Earth, Colors of the Sky

NOV 21


Turquoise, The Sky Blue Stone

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US

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Free with registration, a link to the zoom webinar will be sent to you. Two tickets available per registration.There are no series tickets, please register for each talk you wish to join. Please cancel if you won't be able to attend.
Research for using advanced analytical chemistry to determine use of pigments in Japanese art. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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