On the fourth floor of the Harvard Art Museum is a wall of color. This is the Forbes Pigment Collection, a vault of more than 2,500 pigments, or the small colored particles that are mixed with other materials to make paint.
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Over several decades, the Forbes collection has amassed around 2,500 pigments. 00:35
Mummy brown comes from the resin applied to the outside of mummy bandages. 01:02
Experts can use the pigments to authenticate artwork by checking the materials that were used for the pigment against what was available in the purported artist's lifetime. 01:53