The library of rare colors 

Tom Scott
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The Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums is a collection of pigments, binders, and other art materials for researchers to use as standards: so they can tell originals from restorations from forgeries. It's not open to the public, because it's a working research library -- and because some of the pigments in there are rare, historic, or really shouldn't be handled by anyone untrained.
More about the Forbes Pigment Collection: www.harvardartmuseums.org/art...
The Harvard Art Museums: www.harvardartmuseums.org/
Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Audio mix by Graham Haerther haerther.net/
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Tom Scott
Tom Scott 4 年 前
I realised, after filming this, that it feels a little weird to have my introduction outside the Museum and the interview inside. But I'm weeks out of Boston now, so it has to stand!
wongmjane 4 年 前
>1 week ago
mug1wara26 4 年 前
how long ago did you flim this and why did you put this 1 week ago
Madi 4 年 前
I didn’t think it was weird!
CheersLuv 4 年 前
It feels like you're just pointing out a fact as you happen to walk past it, and not like you're about to go inside
anto687 4 年 前
Works just fine, gives a general location then the interview!
Billy Smith
Billy Smith 年 前
Going straight from VantaBlack to showing Stuart Semple's Pinkest Pink and Diamond Dust was a move of pure classiness.
jezusmylord 5 ヶ月 前
Now i get it, that is pure comedy genius
Finley Drage
Finley Drage 3 ヶ月 前
Omg yess I laughed at this so hard and my family looked at me weird
Ethan Doyle
Ethan Doyle 3 ヶ月 前
​@jezusmylord i might be stupid but whats the joke?
Cryptic Corvid
Cryptic Corvid 2 ヶ月 前
@Ethan Doyle Iirc, Anish Kapoor is an artist who bought the sole right to use the vantablack pigment, so in retaliation Stuart Semple (also an artist) created the pinkest pink and made it available for everyone EXCEPT Kapoor. Semple said he'd make pinkest pink available to Kapoor only when he allows other people to use vantablack. Semple also created diamond dust, which is supposed to be the most shiniest glitter.
Kieran 4 年 前
This feels like something someone would start as a hobby, and somehow turned it into a job.
John Lasher
John Lasher 4 年 前
The pigment library or the channel?
Gaby George
Gaby George 4 年 前
I have a feeling they’re referring to the pigment collection; but I also feel like the statement is equally applicable to the channel
John Lasher
John Lasher 4 年 前
@Gaby George kind of my point
Gaby George
Gaby George 4 年 前
John Lasher touché
Dustin Wheat
Dustin Wheat 3 年 前
As it should be. Passion will keep you driven for decades
Cosmic Jenny
Cosmic Jenny 4 年 前
Imagine dying, being mummified, and then thousands of years later, getting mushed up and put on a canvas. There’s donating your body to science, and then there’s whatever this is...
Felix Irgendson
Felix Irgendson 4 年 前
Donating your body to art?
Howtard 4 年 前
I don't think it could be called "donating" in general, I doubt anybody thought to ask them for informed consent for paint-making in their lifetimes.
Ricardo L.
Ricardo L. 4 年 前
Well, it's not as bad as being eaten as medicine which happened in Europe during the 12th to 16th century.
Peter Smyth
Peter Smyth 4 年 前
Do you mean dyeing?
Walt B.
Walt B. 4 年 前
I want to know how the idea of using mummified remains as a pigment in a paint came about.... Did someone dig up a body for some other reason and think, "that is a really nice color."?
EXcentriX 3 年 前
"When I was 18, i sloppily said: I rather collect colors then go to work" ... "50 years later, here I am, at this University. I am the Master of Colors and Pigmentresearch."
Brigee 2 年 前
Don’t Know What Name to Use
@Brigee r/ wooosh
JohnnyArt Pavlou
JohnnyArt Pavlou 6 ヶ月 前
Visassess 6 ヶ月 前
@Don’t Know What Name to Use What does cap mean and how did they miss a joke?
Luc Weerts
Luc Weerts 4 年 前
I study chemistry and one of the best things is when your product turns a colour you have never seen. I had a liquid that was red from the top and green from the side, turns out it was the Tyndall effect.
I have a fountain pen ink that works something like that. It's a green ink with a red sheen. Jacques Herbin 1670 Anniversary Emerald de Chivor. It also shimmers gold
Rick H
Rick H 3 年 前
Pthalocyanine blue was invented by chance. My dad once worked with the ICI scientist that discovered it. Monastral blue. An enamel dish had a crack in it which turned bright blue when holding a solution.
Clockwork Kirlia
Tyndall... TO THE GOOGLEMOBILE! It definitely rings a bell but Chemistry is definitely my weakest science. :P Anything I should know that google won't tell me? Thank you for this knew knowledge. EDIT: Oh, yay! Structural colour! Butterfly wings and irises and biological photo-physics! (as I'm sure you already know) I probably heard of it around cuttlefish or chameleons. Now I have a fun fact: the vast majority of blues in the animal world are not pigment colour; they're structural colour. That's still real colour, of course (eat it, NatGeo), but it's all down to processes like the Tyndall effect instead of simple pigment-based absorption-vs-reflection.
gairisiuil 2 年 前
makes me think of the shiny bits on US $10s and $20s that's iridescent because of copper particles
58 mph
58 mph 2 年 前
@Clockwork Kirlia Huh. I heard of it in relation to Japanese toilet humour.
Zappa Woman
Zappa Woman 4 年 前
I had a dream about a brand new colour I discovered! However, it turned out to be just a pigment of my imagination...
aWolfNamedOrion 4 年 前
Oh, hi Dad!
Danielle Willgruber
Sighs. Take your upvote.
Jon 4 年 前
@aWolfNamedOrion I did not hit her I did nooooot. Oh hi Dad
POWPUCK !!! 4 年 前
I see what hue did there
Rob Kirke
Rob Kirke 4 年 前
I had an inkling there would be bad puns to follow. Seems to be making people madder..
acrouzet 4 年 前
3:17 "Lead white is toxic in the way that lead is...toxic." Best quote in the video.
Cosmic Burrito
Cosmic Burrito 4 年 前
You can tell its an Aspen by the way it is
TheVergile 4 年 前
well, its a reasonable observation. Some lead compounds arent toxic at all (for example if the lead is bound in a very stable way). Some lead compounds are toxic, but in a different way (due to a different mechanism) than pure lead.
Toby 4 年 前
@TheVergile True. My mouth has a lot of mercury in it.
Azivegu 4 年 前
Instructions not clear, rubbed lead white over my phallus.
Anders Lolle
Anders Lolle 4 年 前
The mummi brown was really funny too 😂
Mikaela Gomez
Mikaela Gomez 3 年 前
My favorite part of this video is seeing Stuart Semple's color creations featured immediately after the Anish Kapoor owned "Vanta-Black." If you're not aware of the awesomely petty but insanely entertaining feud between the two, please look it up.
sirgarberto 7 ヶ月 前
came here looking for this, was not disappointed
Timbo! 7 ヶ月 前
i can't recall if this one came out before or after but Tom did an interview with Stuart regarding the feud and Pinkest Pink
sirgarberto 7 ヶ月 前
@Timbo! that was about two years (2017) before this (2019)
MH_VOID 7 ヶ月 前
good reaction by Mr. Semple. Quite unethical for Mr. Kapoor to get exclusive access to it, unless it is only for a reasonably short period of time (certainly no more than a decade)
∎∏⊠⟁luviana 7 ヶ月 前
@MH_VOID and this is exactly why I am against patents
iabervon 4 年 前
Someone else was commenting on vantablack that it was especially odd when it was on crinkled aluminum foil; it absorbs light so well that the foil looks flat because how it looks doesn't depend on the angle of the surface. It looks like a hole in reality or a rendering error rather than a paint color.
Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy 3 ヶ月 前
Someone had painted a ping pong ball with it and it looked like a hole in the Space-Time continuum when they held it up.
Axalon Xanders
Axalon Xanders 4 年 前
Having a shot of Stuart Semple's "exclusive" dyes seconds after the bit on Vantablack was a class act that you may well never top, Tom. Well done.
SmarterEveryDay 4 年 前
Awesome video.
WretchedHobbit 2 年 前
dudebroツ 2 年 前
Sup, Destin!
Padmashil 2 年 前
seems like the algorithm chose me to watch this video now
Anka8kot 2 年 前
Nabib bs
Nabib bs 2 年 前
Hi destin
J C 4 年 前
Stuart Semple's pink is really the pinkest pink I've ever seen (4:36), and is worth buying just to make pink things at home
Chuunosuke (The Squishiest Lawyer)
It's insanely cheap as well, so it's worth investing in!
Tarik M.
Tarik M. 2 ヶ月 前
I bought his pink and yellow just to see it in person. Camera doesn't do it justice
isaac grandas
isaac grandas 4 年 前
I have a weird obsession with color and pigment, and this video was heaven for me
Lawrence Calablaster
isaac grandas Me too :)
takarifan 3 年 前
Yup, this is Color Mecca for me.
Dennis Mitchell
If I keep using egg tempra, I'm afraid I'll get that obsession.
Iris Iris
Iris Iris 年 前
i have been painting & drawing a lot most of my life, so same... I clicked on this video really fast
creative solutions
creative solutions 2 ヶ月 前
Same… I got really giddy when I saw the title of this video
Neil Sutcliffe
Neil Sutcliffe 7 ヶ月 前
I am fascinated by the extinction of Quinacridone Gold. It was discontinued as an artist grade pigment in 2018, as the automotive industry simply stopped using it, and it was no longer available to artists. Artists are a small percentage of the consumers of pigment and we simply get what other industries need.
mydogeatspuke ヶ月 前
PO49 stopped being used at the turn of the century in the automotive world, so it took almost 2 decades for the majority of the remaining supply to be used up. It's still available as a pigment, it just isn't commercially used to produce paint anymore, likely due to it being cost prohibitive to obtain in large quantities.
John Early
John Early 4 年 前
Tom, while you are at Harvard you might enjoy visiting the *Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants* (aka *Glass Flowers*). It’s one of those “has to be seen to be believed” things, pictures don’t do it justice. Amazing in detail, artistry, and scope, it’s both a teaching tool and a stunning artistic achievement.
Sedna 4 年 前
Agree...that collection is remarkable!
Ballin' Angel
Ballin' Angel 4 年 前
I've seen these! They are truly lovely!
Steve Peaple
Steve Peaple 6 ヶ月 前
It' so remarkable it's verges on ordinary. I was there a few years back and they are so perfect the collection starts looking like a room filled with random grasses. I also love those crystal rooms nearby. Wish I could see this collection.
John Early
John Early 6 ヶ月 前
@Steve Peaple I will have to remember the phrase “so remarkable [that it] verges on ordinary.” I definitely get what you are saying there!
Sher-i Lynut
Sher-i Lynut 年 前
As a graphic designer for 23 years, the colors in this video took my breath away- I stopped it and took about 100 screen shots! I’m so very happy there are people who have preserved this part of history, and those who continue to develop new material for us all to share. What a neat video, Thank you.
mydogeatspuke ヶ月 前
You never got into gouache or its close relative, watercolour? It seems to be the primary medium for graphic design, so it's strange to me that you'd be new to any of these colours.
Das Ganon
Das Ganon 4 年 前
"We have 60 different samples of Hematite" How awesome would it be if they eventually got a Hematite sample from Mars to add to the collection after some astronaut decides "Hey, I'm going to paint something out of paint I make myself"
Napishtim 4 年 前
Hematite from Mars would probably be very abrasive, so not a good pigment. There are also probably many types of Martian hematites just like on Earth (well, technically Earth has a more diverse geology so not as many, but you get the point). Of course it's still cool if you can say something was painted with Martian pigments.
vlad olkhovetsky
Wonder if you can turn the moons regolith in to pigment, luner gray,
andrew w
andrew w 4 年 前
@vlad olkhovetsky One of the former Apollo astronauts Alan Bean painted pictures using moon dust and Apollo spacecraft parts
Abdega 4 年 前
@vlad olkhovetsky They did that in the video game “Portal 2”
dewolen 4 年 前
@Abdega "The bean counters told me we literally could not afford to buy seven dollars worth of moon rocks, much less seventy million. Bought 'em anyway. Ground 'em up, mixed em into a gel. And guess what? Ground up moon rocks are pure poison. I am deathly ill." - Cave Johnson
Psycho Sorcerer
Psycho Sorcerer 4 年 前
Glad to see Stuart's Pinkest Pink in there.
SteelSkin667 4 年 前
I like that they showed them right after mentioning Vantablack.
Charky 4 年 前
I imagine he'd get a giggle out of that positioning
nazhif1 4 年 前
glad im not the only one who's glad
LingTina V
LingTina V 4 年 前
As an artist, it's amazing to look at the differences in consistently and how paint changes over time. It's fascinating that we now have things like the Pantone charts and grading to get exact shades and variations. Furthermore, there are modern digital tools that try and copy traditional looks and textures of classical mediums. However, I don't think we've gotten to the point where we can simulate the exact outcomes. We can only get close to it.
The_Nuke 4 年 前
when you're not sure if you want to major in chemistry or art so you just do both
DaKakeIsALie 4 年 前
Tom you never cease to amaze in finding bizarre yet fascinating places
Tobias Rieper
This is amazing, I could spend countless days glancing around there at all the colors, knowing they all have their own story behind them. Its fascinating, we should cherish things like this and the people that do those jobs.
Oliver P
Oliver P 年 前
I'm thinking about their practical uses, there are so many models I could use.
T. Bo B.
T. Bo B. 16 日 前
I love this video so much, pausing, going back, and reacting out loud the entire time. I think I’ve already rewatched it dozens of times and just started it a little bit ago. So interesting! I can’t wait to check out the book that kept getting mentioned. This was really cool! Imagine not having paint readily available and having to get so creative and figure it out before you could even create the work! 🤩🌈🎨
Mateusz Malenta
Mateusz Malenta 4 年 前
I recommend reading 'Secret Lives of Colour' by Kassia St Clair if anyone wants to read about origins and uses of some of the most popular and influential colours.
Leo 3 年 前
I just put it on hold at my local library. I should be able to pick it up soon. Thanks for the recommendation! I've been looking for some new, interesting reading material.
Evil Panda (KillaBzOnAttk, Occultist Gilt)
I used to custom match paint colors manually (as opposed to using a color sensor and having a computer make the formula) for a couple paint stores and i fell in love with it! this collection is absolute heaven!! wow, i can only imagine the colors my monitor cant show accurately....
Віктор l
Віктор l 4 年 前
Him: “Mummy brown is made up from crushed Egyptian mummies.” Me: Hmmm interesting Also him: “Indian yellow...” Me: absolutely disgusting..
josin boop
josin boop 2 年 前
Baby blue "crush up ba... .
doubleT84 年 前
When the supply of ancient mummys ran out some people made their own, for the profits. Let that sink in.
Variegatus 年 前
if theres an 'Indian Brown' it'd obviously be the aftermath of cheap indian food
Greg Sherman
Greg Sherman 4 年 前
Haha, just had to get that shot of pinkest pink just after vantablack.
BookSlug 4 年 前
Just wait.... someone will try to market pink nanotubes for 'lady-scientists'
Jemima1377 4 年 前
@BookSlug You are not getting the point... ^_~
DrZaius3141 4 年 前
@Jorge Amado Soria Ramírez No need to google it, just watch Tom's video on it.^^
Frankie M.
Frankie M. 4 年 前
Not just that, but Diamond "Put Your Finger in This" Dust.
Chuunosuke (The Squishiest Lawyer)
I was afraid the video wouldn't include shots of stuart semple's colors, but they did!
Z0mbieAnt 4 年 前
Putting vantablack under a reflective glass plate kinda defeats it's purpose, doesn't it?
JNCressey 4 年 前
Who would win? The world's blackest black, or the world's mirrorest mirror?
Ken T
Ken T 4 年 前
There's a portion of it that isn't covered by the glass as seen in the video... I think
Paul Jones
Paul Jones 4 年 前
Not if you don't want people to start touching it.
suegaa's hoeseok
@JNCressey u mean 'one mirror boi'?
Neolexious Neolexian
Not really. Glass reflects quite a bit specularly, but it exhibits basically no diffuse illumination (because that light gets transmitted instead).
RubmaTheCat ヶ月 前
The Harvard Art Museums are incredible. Definitely worth a trip up to Boston/Cambridge just to visit. They often get overshadowed by NYC’s museums, but are wholly unique (this pigment collection being just one of the many specialties).
Sloane Mac Tíre
Props to the editor who put the B-roll of Pinkest Pink and Diamond Dust in right after talking about Vantablack. Brilliant!
tazmon122 3 年 前
it was a great pleasure to get closer than the average museum goer to this collection and see real deal what i'm working with as a painter. glad you got that opportunity as well, and put it up on youtube for the world to see.
deanna m
deanna m 7 ヶ月 前
As an artist i found this both fascinating and delightful 😀 thanks for spotlighting this! 👍
Gordon Henderson
Burnt Umber - one of my favourite colours when a kid in school - I now live a few miles from one place they used to make it and worked in the building for a short while - long after the furnace had been removed though. Fascinating stuff!
Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson 4 年 前
I love this video, this is a perfect example of the things that matter out in the world in their own way that you shine light on Tom. Loving it.
Mara Katz
Mara Katz 4 年 前
This is wonderful. If you want to learn more about the histories of pigments, I recommend The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair.
Trevor Anderson
Trevor Anderson 2 年 前
This is one of those exhibits I never would've sauntered into on my own accord, but Tom manages to put it in an interesting light. 5 stars, Tom 👍
Sad Pacman!
Sad Pacman! 2 ヶ月 前
I actually got excited when I found out they actually have mummy brown. That's such a weird thing, the whole mummy fascination of the Victorians.
mjmdiver 3 年 前
Tom, if you haven't, you should do an episode on how/why magenta isn't a 'real' color... Its a fascinating perspective on color theory;
BronzeJourney 9 ヶ月 前
1:38 I love the way the building and sorting is arranged.
Tefans97 5 ヶ月 前
thanks to Tom Scott for my win in a pub quiz last week, one of the questions was on mummy-based pigments, another about the 1904 olympic marathon (from citation needed). Couldn't have done it without him
Morgan Funk
Morgan Funk 2 ヶ月 前
As an artist and a scientist, I would love to have a job like this 😍
天吉Mark 4 年 前
colour exist artist: *gotta catch them all*
Angry Kittens
Angry Kittens 4 年 前
PETA: colors must be free!
Mr Makina
Mr Makina 4 年 前
*gotta shade them all*
Rafael Couto
Rafael Couto 4 年 前
now I just have to make a game about this.
J374338 4 年 前
天吉Mark I’m gonna be the KARAA MASTAA!!
dark angel ☽
dark angel ☽ 4 年 前
Andrew Rothman
Andrew Rothman 4 年 前
I highly recommend “The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Clair. It talks all about the history and invention of pigments like these. It’s really fascinating.
Belinda Short
Belinda Short 6 ヶ月 前
I'm so obsessed with pigments and how they work. It's so wild
Jason Summit
Jason Summit 年 前
Surprised that ultramarine wasn't mentioned in any of the blues. It's made from ground up lapis lazuli and processed to pull out only the blue lazurite. My favorite color😁
Incredible. They should do some kind of public exhibition to show what they are doing. It would be so interesting.
Zoe 5 ヶ月 前
This museum is so cool. Really want a documentary series to explain all the colors and their origins
Yuyu 4 年 前
Another great and interesting video. Never wondered how they judged forgery from authentic in the art world :)
Tvianne 7 ヶ月 前
I'd gladly spend hours there, just to look at the coours and learn about the ancient pigments. It's so fascinating. Pity is not open to the public.
Burstein von Knackerthrasher
Something about this whole collection is really inspiring
nope 年 前
I love that someone put star stickers on the jars, that's just so sweet :)
LARAUJO 7 ヶ月 前
Even with the limitations of cameras and digital screens, there were some really nice colours shown off here
JA rule
JA rule 6 ヶ月 前
OMG! That was freaking awesome! Thank you for sharing this with us ❣️
Wild Target
Wild Target 5 ヶ月 前
Nice to see some Kremer Pigmente 3:47 on their shelves, too. Amazing company making pigments in Bavaria, Germany.
Dan The Man
Dan The Man 4 年 前
This was absolutely fascinating! This place is now on my must-see list.
paul kennedy
paul kennedy 6 ヶ月 前
The Pigment collection is awesome! Really interesting details shared by the curator there. I want to hear more :)
howl 4 年 前
I would definitely attend a display of these colours and the materials used to make them, it's so fascinating!
Lynn Nexus
Lynn Nexus 3 年 前
That is utterly fantastic. I absolutely love this.
I would love to see these colours in real life.
LeonKster0314 4 年 前
mummie brown = ground up mummie baby oil = ground up b..... wait what
cesariojpn 4 年 前
Baby Oil is distilled Baby. Put them into a pressure cooker, and tap the resulting distillate.
Lyle 4 年 前
Oh but its only late-term aborted fetuses
TheJzoli 4 年 前
@cesariojpn Baby powder on the other hand...
Torsten Gang
Torsten Gang 4 年 前
I laughed. Am I bad person?
Bacon Wizard
Bacon Wizard 4 年 前
Fred Austere no, we are terrible people
B Things
B Things 4 年 前
So cool! I spend a lot of time dealing with color, but it’s almost all on the computer (or printing by extension), so it’s fun to be reminded of the many ways color gets created outside of the digital realm!!!
Rachel Ost
Rachel Ost 5 ヶ月 前
As someone who has been specializing in making their own paint (mostly historic, but a few modern paints too), this collection is mindblowing. (And yes, even with my desire to work as historically accurately as possible, even I won't work with lead white and other incredibly toxic substances.)
rashkavar 4 年 前
As someone who enjoys chemistry and history in general and reliably winds up in hours long wiki dives every time I look up a paint pigment or dye, I'm really disappointed to hear this isn't available to the public. I'd love to visit a museum where I actually got to see the pigments on display like that, with a writeup about their historical use and interesting chemical properties. (Pigments can get very interesting on the chemical side - Han purple is an excellent example of this - it's a 2500 year old pigment that has some properties that are related to engineering goals for high temperature superconductors and quantum computing. I'd be more specific if I could, but even if I could find a more technical description of those properties, I wouldn't have a clue what it meant.)
Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith 4 年 前
I'd love a series just on colour.
vic 5 ヶ月 前
Thank you for coming to our city! I hope you enjoyed exploring the Harvard Art Museum and the other museums in the area, artistic and scientific.
The Timitzers
The Timitzers 4 年 前
As a partial colorblind I'm actually quite curious to how they all actually look on our eyes...
Leif Vejby
Leif Vejby 4 年 前
Me too!
Lassie Vision
Lassie Vision 4 年 前
Depending on your type of colour blindness, some people have had great results with enchroma glasses, which can help to give an idea about how the rest of us see colours.
MementoLin 4 年 前
I love this video. Though I also love seeing that several of the colors aren't necessarily rare, but probably produced from different batches. Rather surprised more of the Cadmiums and Cobalts didn't have the toxic mark on them.
Mirjan Bouma
Mirjan Bouma 4 年 前
I love all the interesting topics and places you she's with us, Tom. It's fun but also educational without talking to us like we are children. You have a great channel. Love from the Netherlands.
Sarah Nichols
Thanks for this awesome video! I am a painter and I live in Boston. I’ve been to this exhibit before, but only a small amount of pigments are out of display, the vast majority are too far away to be really observed, so this video was a treat! Thank you.
Play Me
Play Me 年 前
As a sewist, I'm interested in color of fabric. This was fascinating.
Catherine Miller
This is so cool! I wonder if something similar exists for pigments used in dying textiles.
crash rose
crash rose 年 前
I work at an art supply store with some high end specialty paints, and one of my favorite things to do to demonstrate the difference between lead oils and non lead oils is have customers hold a tube of a modern paint, and then hand them a tube of red lead
Khunark 2 ヶ月 前
so what's the difference?
crash rose
crash rose 2 ヶ月 前
@Khunark in terms of how the paint itself paints the difference is really in things like flexibility and achievability, but the reason i have people hold the two tubes side by side is to feel the weight. the tubes with lead in them are SIGNIFICANTLY heavier than those without.
CuriosityRocks 4 年 前
The colours are an absolute feast for the eyes 😍
Bolton Bass
Bolton Bass 4 年 前
This is great. I love obsessing about pigments. Ultramarine Blue (PB29) can be made in a lab way better than it could back in the day, and is purer, stronger, and cheaper. I wish you spent a bit of time looking at the Pthtalos and Quins though. Especially quin gold, which is now discontinued. :-)
blue ferral
blue ferral 4 年 前
Tom thank you for your videos. In the depressing times we have to deal with it is nice to see a video on how fascinating our world is.
brodi81 4 年 前
I'm sure a lot of us out there appreciate the video, as we grow more in to the digital age we need to work on cameras that can define these awesome pigments to their true precise color.
Lila D
Lila D 4 年 前
Cool! You always show me things I hadn’t even thought of as something people need.
A Retorta
A Retorta 4 年 前
My favourite field: the chemistry of colour! Specially form a historical point of view!
luggi lu
luggi lu 2 年 前
This whole video seems like a short film, from cast to story, kinda amazing what different kind sof places exist in the world
Dylan Matheson
Dylan Matheson 4 年 前
Absolutely remarkable!
Maisie Summers
Maisie Summers 4 年 前
In the video the curator mentions how chemical pigments & light affect the colours over time. It makes me wonder how they know what the original colour actually was.
The Pic Van
The Pic Van 7 ヶ月 前
As a photographer that went thru college the part from .58 seconds to 1.45 makes me appreciate color beside my color theory class. Making a picture color balanced makes photographers consider what is white or middle grey with no color cast. But before color photography one would have to use paint/dye to convey proper color. Even photo realistic paintings may look right but the color when matched to real world color may be wrong. I never thought of a painter taking paint and putting it next to a subject or trying to match a color with different materials. I took art class and mixing colors makes sense and trying to match a color but it's amazing to think of trying to match real world color with a specific rock or leaf etc. . Knowing they have a library of materials used to make colors and synthetic copies is awesome. I would love a program that would take colors from a photo and show the Materials/ColorName/OrignalPaint/ReProPaint to match parts of a photo.
Matt Maloney
Matt Maloney 4 年 前
For years now, you've developed this ability to curate our access to every corner of humanity. Keep it up, and thank you!
Mochamad Fachri
Mochamad Fachri 4 年 前
Chemistry lab storage + Art gallery. Interesting.
MCG ONE 4 年 前
hafkensite 4 年 前
Very similar to the Hafkenscheid cabinet that also contains hundreds of authentic pigments. It's at the teylers museum in the Netherlands.
mitchyk 4 年 前
Very interesting. As photography and printing are in my wheelhouse i work in rgb, cmyk etc. I know about colours and pigments but i never realised they'd A) keep a "backup" of them and B) that backup would be a colour matched version and a chermical twin which isn't necessarily the same colour! Will have to dig deeper now!
Philsey 4 年 前
Very interesting. Thanks! It takes me back several years ago to when I decided to make a simple U.S. flag image to add to my computer desktop background rotation. The dimensions were easy to replicate but just using the standard red, blue and white made it look like crap. I did a quick online search and found the RBG values for "Old Glory Red" and "Old Glory Blue." It looked so much better with those values. Who would have thought? Well, Tom Scott probably would have...
dlbstl 4 年 前
I love learning where colored pigment comes from. Thanks so much!
Larn Regis
Larn Regis 5 ヶ月 前
I wonder if there's a scientific way to describe/define a certain color. A way that doesn't uses references to certain materials that are dissolving over time, but actualy physical constants. So even if the original color/pigment is dissolved over time, you can reproduce the color exactly the same, even though the materials used are not the same.
aaronisalive 5 ヶ月 前
That would probably be the hex code.
Wolfette Plays
Wolfette Plays 3 ヶ月 前
No, there isn’t. Because vision and color detection inherently has a lot of variation
Larn Regis
Larn Regis 3 ヶ月 前
@aaronisalive The hex code is a 32bit simplification of a color which doesn't include any info about reflectivity, opacity, vibrancy etc. e.g. gold, silver, bronze and other shiny colors can't be described in hex.
Lemons 2 ヶ月 前
I would imagine not, but even if the pigment is faded and gone, you can use the original materials to make more of the pigment.
Larn Regis
Larn Regis 2 ヶ月 前
@Lemons "original material" is a subjective/changing definition as well. You don't get the pulver for "mummy brown" nowadays anymore and several other materials changed over time due to different purification and synthesis methods.
Julie Jane Smith
Thanks Tom. Always been fascinated y colors, pigments and other ways to represent colors
Victoria Williams
Victoria Williams 2 ヶ月 前
Absolutely fascinating! Thank-you for sharing.
MichiruEll 6 ヶ月 前
My favorite color I've encountered in lab settings is fluorescein diluted in water solution. Depending on pH it can be orange, or bright green. And when I say bright green, I mean that green colour that we think of when we think "radioactive". It looks so vibrant, and almost like it glows from the inside.
Paul Frederick
Paul Frederick 2 ヶ月 前
Cherenkov radiation is a blue light. Green nukage is a Doom damaging floor. Though the barrels have some explosive green toxin in them of indeterminate chemistry too.
seatbelttruck 3 年 前
I'm not particularly interested in paintings or visual art, but the chemistry behind it is fascinating.
C 年 前
the fact that they use them for reference and not for mere preservation is one of the most interesting parts for me
Smøke 6 ヶ月 前
I somehow forget these pigments have to be made by things, they don't just happen. How amazing.
Lord Jackass
Lord Jackass 年 前
3:39 - 3:50 it’s fascinating that with all our advancements of video technology, we still can’t 100% replicate the in-person experience in a video format. Rock concerts-or any concert for that matter-are an excellent example of this. You see people whip out their phones to film a band that is playing, but it fails to emulate the experience of physically seeing a guitarist strum their instruments and hearing it at the same time and with the exact sound it has. hearing the audio and the analogue mesh perfectly is just something we can’t capture perfectly at this point in time. Idk, it’s just interesting.
fullyflared16 4 年 前
This is incredible. I had no idea I would be so interested in this
Enabi Seira
Enabi Seira 10 ヶ月 前
I could spend hours listening and learning where did each color came from. That's so cool!
Henry Wise
Henry Wise 4 年 前
I got to take a class in Solid State chemistry from Mas Subramamian. There was definitely a lecture about YInMn Blue at one point. Inorganic pigments and their structure/function is preeeety friggen sweet.