SYMHC Live: Mysteries of the Color Blue


Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with the Red Hat,” circa 1665/1666, in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Public domain

Blue is the most popular color in many parts of the world, and it can seem like it's everywhere. But many ancient languages didn’t have a word for blue, and some languages still don’t. This episode covers blue’s progression from something rare enough to not even have a name, to something that seems ubiquitous.

This show was recorded live at the National Gallery of Art during one of their NGA Nights events.

Topics in this Podcast: live shows, color, art, art history, history mysteries, science history