The use of color to imply meaning, convey emotion, and guide interpretation is nothing new. Beginning in the 15th century, color theory emerged--evolving over hundreds of years as our relationship to and understanding of color and the visible light spectrum changed. Prior to such studies, color in Jewish culture gained meaning based on Kabbalistic references and connections to the tabernacle.
Artists often choose palettes intentionally to evoke a certain reaction from viewers; however, artists recognize every person’s perspective is unique and inherent variations exist based on cultural experiences, traditions, and values.
Select a color below to view artworks where that color is prominent, and to learn more about the connotation of each color.