Workshop: Early Modern Colour Practices II, 1450-1650

Early Modern Colour Practices II, 1450 – 1650, 21/22 March 2014
Main Conference Room, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr. 22, 14195 Berlin
Sven Dupré, Max Planck Research Group Director / Freie Universität Berlin
Karin Leonhard, MPIWG / Universität Bonn
In recent years colour has become the focus of discussion for scholars interested in the interactions between art, craft, science and technology. While this discussion has drawn in scholars from various disciplines (history of art, history of science and technology, technical art history and conservation science), the focus on interactions between categories of art, craft, science and technology, unreflectively defined according to modern disciplines, is not helpful in understanding colour in the early modern period. This workshop takes colour practices, cutting across the categories of art, craft, science and technology, as its central category of analysis, while it also acknowledges the different sources and types and the various uses of colour knowledge. The workshop deals with a diversity of such practices, from painting, limning and colour printing to medical diagnosis and optical or meteorological observation to botanical or anatomical drawing, in the period between 1450 and 1650.
If you would like to have more information, please see the MPIWG’s events page:
and the workshop’s web page:

Observers are welcome but space is limited. To register, please email

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