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Theater for the Wonderfully Grotesque: A Playlist for James Ensor

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Dark and obscure songs that mirror the grotesque sensibilities of James Ensor. More»

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A Composition of Tones: A Playlist for the Photographs of Ansel Adams

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A music playlist inspired by the compositional rigor of Ansel Adams. More»

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A New York Soundtrack for a New York Painting

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It’s a jazz thing: Jackson Pollock’s Mural inspires a music playlist. More»

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Your Music Guide to Saturdays Off the 405

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Liner notes for this season’s outdoor music. More»

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      COBALT

      The histories of many colors are amazing, but cobalt may well have the most brilliant of them all. From the Ming Dynasty to Renaissance Italy, cobalt was a popular glaze for porcelain and other ceramics. Cobalt ink is invisible unless exposed to flame, which turns it a vivid green. In the 17th century, this quality made Europeans believe it was witchcraft, but decades later it was used as a neat trick on fire screens. It wasn’t until 1802 that painters added cobalt to their palette. 

      It is this little tidbit from cobalt’s history that saved master forger Han van Meergeren’s skin after WWII, when he was tried for collaborating with the Nazis. Want to find out how some art history sleuthing and smart science got him a not guilty verdict? Hint: Don’t try to forge a Vermeer with cobalt! 

      Read all about it in The Brilliant History of Color in Art!

      Images, clockwise:

      Glazed earthenware dish with a marchant ship, Italy, about 1510. 

      Glazed earthenware tile floor, Spain, about 1425-50.

      Porcelain lidded vase, China, about 1662-1772.

      All objects from the J. Paul Getty Museum. 

      12/18/14

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