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Color in a New Light: Smithsonian Libraries Online Exhibition

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian Libraries was last featured in the 07-27-2018 Scout Report. It continues to provide an unique opportunity to explore the science and history of color, which will be especially welcome for students of art or physics who are learning remotely. From the Smithsonian Libraries comes the online exhibition Color in a New Light, which is dedicated to the science and history of color. The online exhibition (accompanying a physical exhibition that ran at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in 2017) consists of four sections: "The Science of Color," "Making Color," "Matching Color," and "Using Color," which can be accessed by clicking colorful tiles toward the bottom of the page linked above. Each section provides a short essay on the topic accompanied by a number of fascinating primary documents. For instance, in "The Science of Color," visitors can read about the history of scientific theories of color and view pages from Sir Isaac Newton's 1704 work Opticks, or, A Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light. Likewise, the "Matching Color" section features a variety of color charts, including Richard Waller's 1686 Tabula Colorum Physiologica and Milton Bradley's 1895 Elementary Color. The exhibition was produced through the sponsorship of Benjamin Moore and The Shepherd Color Company.
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October 15th, 2021
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July 25th, 2018 at 7:47am
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July 25th, 2018 at 11:46am
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