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The library of rare colors: The Forbes Pigment Collection

More educative entertainment from Tom Scott:

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.

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