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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 15
Teacher: Ted Barrow

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Join art historian Ted Barrow as we take a plunge into the world of pigment and color and focus on the importance of Red and the fascinating history behind the color.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, as bankers became popes and the Holy Roman Empire was set against Rome itself, red was reinterpreted from a color of royalty to the code of the clergy.

As Spain's colonial activity expanded to central and South America, the kingdom was emboldened with a steady inflow of material wealth back to the capital, re-coding the language of power throughout Europe.
This Olio examines the material exchange between the Americas and Europe, focusing on the color red and the different ways in which the pigment itself, and its representation in European painting, which came to a head in 1527 with Charles V's sack of Rome. What did color mean at the time, and how might this material history of art inform our understanding of globalisation today?

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