The Red That Colored The World

May 17, 2015 through Sep 13, 2015

As a symbol and hue, red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum. Yet few know of its most prolific and enduring source: Cochineal.

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Needlework picture of an Indian princess

From Purebred Creole and Spaniard: Spaniard (de castizo y española: español),

Batea (tray),

Workshop of Francisco de Zurbarán, The Emperor Domitian on Horseback

Navajo sarape with small poncho neck slit


El Greco, The Savior (from the Apostles series)

Jacob Frères, armchair (fauteuil) from the Council Room (Salle du Conseil),

Orlando Dugi, evening gown (from the Red Collection), Detail of bodice

Orlando Dugi, evening gown (from the Red Collection)

Iran Trade Cloth (Detail)

Iran Trade Cloth

Altar cloth and cochineal dyed wool yarn

Nicho and Santos (Niche and Saints)

Molleno, St. James, New Mexico, ca. 1805-1845

Collection of wooden of Keros, Peru, 17th c.- 18th c.

Beeswax candles

Sewing box and cover with cochineal dyed wool yarn (detail)

Chest and diamond-twill skirt fabric

Maurice Jacques, chair back upholstery panel, Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins

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