Why do artists use the colours they use? Why does the Virgin Mary wear blue? Why is the colour purple absent from the rainbow? London Art Studies explores the spectrum of an artist’s palette and reveals the power and symbolism hidden within.

Red
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The Art of Colour
The colour orange in Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June.
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The Art of Colour
Van Gogh's Sunflowers
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The Art of Colour
Raphael's Pope Julius
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The Art of Colour
Yves Klein body printing
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The Art of Colour
Painting of a rainbow by John Constable
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The Art of Colour
Photograph of Queen Victoria
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The Art of Colour
Edmund de Waal
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The Art of Colour
Gold
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The Art of Colour
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