Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blue: Alchemy of a Colour

One of the most highly prized and sought-after of the colour spectrum, its rarity and the laborious process often used to extract and create the colour, secured its place in some of the finest works of art. Its incorporation was laiden with meaning – from signifying prestige in the Chinese court, to symbolising the infinity of the Hindu god Vishnu – blue in all its guises, from Prussian to cobalt and indigo it has long been a powerful hue in art. 
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Persian, Tile, 13th century –14th century, Kashan, Iran; earthenware, underglaze cobalt blue, lustre glaze. Felton Bequest, 1906 (601-D2)