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Dr James Fox explores how the arrival in Europe of lapis lazuli turned blue into an exotic colour. Artists began to use it to offer us glimpses of worlds beyond our own.

Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred emotions, changed behaviour and even altered the course of history.

When, in the Middle Ages, the precious blue stone lapis lazuli arrived in Europe from the east, blue became the most exotic and mysterious of colours. And it was artists who used it to offer us tantalising glimpses of other worlds beyond our own.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 11 Jul 2018 01:00



Role Contributor
Presenter James Fox
Director Matt Hill
Producer Matt Hill
Executive Producer Jonty Claypole