Pablo Neruda said:
"When he wrote his blue book
wasn't Rubén Darío green?
Wasn't Rimbaud scarlet,
Góngora a shade of violet?
And Victor Hugo tricolored?
And I yellow ribbons?"
After a lengthy hiatus, SMU Art Professor and Institute Fellow Mary Vernon is back in the Institute classroom. Under Prof. Vernon's synesthetic direction, class members will both converse and compose, following the Renaissance scholar Thylesius in seeing and writing with color as exact and perceptive language. When Antonio Telesio (Thylesius) wrote on color words in 1528, he helped his contemporaries gain precision and elegance in composing Latin poetry and prose. He could write of a cucumber that it held hints of the blue of heaven. Telesio's categories - red, green, blue and earth gray - are the same RGB we speak of today in color perception. Join Prof. Vernon for a literally colorful four weeks.
Text: Antonio Telesio, On Colour, 1528. ISBN-13: 978-1581125801
Four Tuesdays, 6:30-8 pm: October 16-November 6
Tuition: Members $70, Nonmembers $85, Member Teachers $25