Upcoming exhibitions

Heavenly Colours – Blue and Gold


Historically, blue and gold have been among the most precious materials. Due to their brilliance and cost, they have taken on countless meanings. Gold refers to the sun, to God, power and wealth. Blue is the colour of honour and dignity, as well as a symbol of power. In medieval art, gold represented the kingdom of heaven. The Virgin Mary sat on her throne, surrounded by gold and brilliance with heavenly light accentuated against the blue of her robe. Over time, meanings have become more metaphorical. Materials and colours affect our mental associations, memories and emotional experience.

Akseli Gallen-Kallela: Järvimaisema

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931): Lake view, 1901.
Finnish National Gallery / Ateneum Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Kirsi Halkola





Lucas Cranach – Renaissance Beauties