The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Figures in a Landscape/Lorrain
Walk into any office supply store today and you will find a large range of colored papers that will satisfy virtually all your wishes. If, however, you had been one of Leonardo da Vinci's assistants and he had asked you to go buy him some colored paper, you would have found a paltry assortment from which to choose. In the paper merchant's shop you would see only some reams of white, gray, or drab brown papers, but with one remarkable exception: blue paper of a beautiful color like the early morning sky.

Why was this? Why so few choices? Why, of all possible colors, was blue the only real color? Find out why in this lecture, as Roy Perkinson, artist and conservator emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, leads us back in time to the birth of blue paper in the 15th century. Explore why artists from the Renaissance through the 19th century prized this remarkable paper. Learn about how they used it, why it fulfilled a particular role as an artist's material, and the great artist who never utilized it.

Complements the exhibition Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470–1600

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