Color the World

I love color.


The Forbes Pigment collection.  This is fascinating, and I had never heard of it.  A repository of pigments from all over the world and many different time periods at the Harvard Art Museum.  Seed banks are a familiar theme, but I had never heard of a Pigment bank.


“The Forbes pigment collection was started by its namesake—Straus Center founder and former Fogg Art Museum Director Edward Forbes who began the collection at the turn of the 20th century. Forbes would collect his samples from his travels all over the world, bringing back pigments from excavated sites at Pompeii to rare lapis lazuli found in Afghanistan.”



Many interesting ways to get color, but I found the most fascinating was ‘Indian Yellow’ made from the urine of cows fed only mango leaves.  Apparently this process has been abandoned due to animal humane issues.

You can read more about it here and here:

And, on Facebook, there is a great video.