Curious Evenings: Pigments @ Philadelphia, PA, United States, Philadelphia [18 August]

Curious Evenings: Pigments

18:00 - 19:00

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Philadelphia, PA, United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Due to increased interest, we have re-opened registration for this program. **Please note that this will now take place in Franklin Hall (427 Chestnut St).** RSVP Required.

Doors open at 5:30pm

Join us at the APS Museum for the fourth and final installment of our “Curious Evenings” lecture series. Bringing the spirit of Charles Willson Peale’s lectures back to the building where they were once held, the series will be educational, engaging, and (like C.W.) a little quirky.

Artist? Chemist? Experimenter? Long before the pre-mixed tube of paint, artists had to navigate the tricky territory of creating color. They had to mix, measure, test, refine—or invent—their materials. Painters such as Rembrandt Peale kept careful notes about their endless experiments with paint and pigments. But where did he get his supplies? What were they really made of? And what on earth is arsenic doing in a painter’s studio? Join us for a lively discussion and hands-on demonstration exploring the science and secrets of color.

About Dr. Elisabeth Berry Drago:
Dr. Elisabeth Berry Drago is an art historian specializing in the 17th-century Netherlands. Her research explores the curious connections between early modern science and art, particularly the ways in which artists shape experimental knowledge. Dr. Berry Drago received her PhD from the University of Delaware, and holds an MA in art history from Temple University and a BA in fine arts from SUNY, Fredonia. She currently serves as a Public History Fellow at the Museum of the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.
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This program is in partnership with the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

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