Friday, 25 March 2016

The Harvard Library That Protects The World's Rarest Colors

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Edward Forbes, a historian and director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944 traveled around the world amassing pigments in order to authenticate classical Italian paintings.

Over the years, the Forbes Pigment Collection grew to more than 2,500 different specimens, each with its own layered backstory on its origin, production, and use. Today, the collection is used mostly for scientific analysis, providing standard pigments to compare to unknowns.

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