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Repaint the Smithsonian Collection With This Coloring Book

Rebecca OConnell
Page 28 from Keramic studio v. 1 May 1899‐Apr. 1900
Page 28 from Keramic studio v. 1 May 1899‐Apr. 1900 / Page 28 from Keramic studio v. 1 May 1899‐Apr. 1900
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This week, the New York Academy of Medicine

(NYAM) is getting in on the coloring book craze with #ColorOurCollections. From February 1 to 5, NYAM is encouraging cultural institutions to share coloring pages depicting artwork from their collections. Art fans can then lend their coloring expertise and publicly share their creative redecorating work.

The Smithsonian is one of more than 30 institutions joining in the fun with their free coloring book, which coincides with their new exhibition, Color in a New Light. The celebration of the world's many pigments will look at how color brings all facets of life—from chemistry to couture—together. The exhibition will run for the next 14 months.

You can download the Smithsonian's book here, and don't forget to tag them at @SILibraries and use the hashtag #ColorOurCollections when you share your masterpiece!

From Die schönsten Ornamente und merkwürdigsten Gemälde aus Pompeji, Herculanum und Stabiae by Willem Zahn, 1828.

Plate XXXIII from Studies in Design by Christopher Dresser, 1876.


Frontispiece, Plastik; Sinfonie des Lebens by Oswald Herzog, 1921.

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