The Victorian Palette: Color in Nineteenth-Century British Art and Design

with Concetta Martone, Ph.D.

Colors are all around us. They are inherent to the natural world but also man-made. They speak to us directly when revealing details about the nature of objects, subliminally when invoking moods and eliciting emotions, and aesthetically when delighting us with their beauty. Color is an essential element of the visual arts, and artists and designers have employed it to serve a wide range of aesthetic and symbolic purposes. Attitudes to color have changed through time, and understanding the significance of color in a specific era means understanding its relationship with the larger cultural context. In this talk, I will explore the historical dimension of color as it applies to British art and design at the time of Queen Victoria. The discussion will focus on the innovations and traditions that contributed to the re-evaluation of color as a powerful means of revelation. The works of artists and designers will serve as evidence of the eclectic and multifaceted character of the Victorians’ experience of the power of color.
Concetta Martone is an art and architectural historian and a founding principal of dMAS, an award-winning design studio in Philadelphia. She was born in Naples, Italy, where she began her studies, later moving to the United States to complete her education. Concetta holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. She teaches courses in the history and theory of art and architecture at Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University. As a historian, she searches for meaning in art and architecture; as a designer, she aims to create spaces that embody and express the values, ideals, and aspirations of the people that occupy them.

Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 1:30 pm via ZOOM Cost: $15, Member cost: $10

Reservations are required and can be made ONLINE

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