A palette is a smooth, flat surface on which artists set out and mix their colours before painting, often designed to be held in the hand

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  • Jim Dine, 'Palette II' 1969

    Jim Dine
    Palette II 1969
    Screenprint on paper
    image: 711 x 511 mm
    Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 Jim Dine

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  • Turner’s ‘Chelsea’ palette, used at the end of his life

    Turner’s ‘Chelsea’ palette, used at the end of his life

    Tate Archive 7315.5

  • William Strang, 'Self-Portrait' 1919

    William Strang
    Self-Portrait 1919
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1168 x 1118 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1921

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The term also refers to the range of colours habitually used by and characteristic of an artist.

A palette in computer graphics is a chosen set of colours that are each assigned a number, and it is this number that determines the colour of the pixel.