This class will explore humankind's extraordinary relationship with color. Each week we’ll reveal the meanings that have been attached to a primary or secondary color and the ways colors have shaped culture and imagination. We will uncover the essences of red, yellow, blue, orange, green and violet (the primary and secondary colors), based on their properties and visual resemblances. And what about black and white? Are they true colors or just shades? We will also trace the roles that colors have played in both culture and history and learn how understanding their influence allows us to see and appreciate many of art history’s most important milestones ─ from Bronze Age gold-work to the radical ways Titian, Turner, and Rothko employed this spectrum.
Note: This course will not meet on Wednesday, February 15, and will resume the following Wednesday.