Debussy's Clair de Lune, meaning 'moonlight', is one of the most easily recognised pieces of music, but its origins are complex. The piece was influenced by poetry, Baroque music and the Impressionist movement.
Hokusai's Great Wave is the enduring image of Japanese art. Less well known is the story of its primary pigment - Prussian blue - which was created in a lab accident in Berlin and sparked 'blue fever' in Europe.
Sara Panata, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS); Emilie Guitard, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) et Laure Assaf, Université Paris Nanterre – Université Paris Lumières