There is often a perception of the past as being a grey and monochrome place, devoid of colour and light. This is particularly true of the Middle Ages. However, interiors were not unadorned and grey, draughty halls were not sparingly lit to reveal bare stone walls and drab lifeless furnishings. The truth is that the medieval world was awash with colour and people took great delight in the bold use of rich paints, dyes, stained glass, enamels and textiles. The Burrell Collection is home to a wealth of medieval treasures that showcase the reality of a vibrant and colourful past.
This talk by Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Ed Johnson, will explore the abundance of colour in medieval Europe, its use and symbolic importance in both religious and secular spaces.
This event will be interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL).