From the Greek myth of its origins, through its use as a talisman, and a material for crafting superlative precious objects, coral has fascinated human beings.
Now, as coral species are threatened by ecological changes, this fascinating animal persists as a symbol of both the creativity and the fragility of existence. From Renaissance painting to the Blaschka’s 19th century glass models we will trace the history of coral in culture.
SOPHIA ERREY is an artist, art educator and writer. She is particularly interested in material culture. Sophia has been a regular lecturer at The Johnston Collection since 2015 and her most recent lecture at was CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER | The Wunderkammer old and new (2019).