Color

Color

A Natural History of the Palette

Book - 2004
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Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.
For example: Cleopatra used saffron--a source of the color yellow--for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue "ultramarine" paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn't afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red--still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today--has come from the blood of insects.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004, c2002
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780812971422
0812971426
Branch Call Number: Arts 701.85 Fin

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ryner
Feb 22, 2016

From the first evidence of art on Paleolithic cave walls using natural ochres to the complex processes of concocting dyes and pigments from insects, poisonous elements, rare minerals and mollusks, humans have been manipulating natural resources to create color. Author Victoria Finlay journeys the world over in search of the sources and stories of and processes used to create the traditional hues we have used in artistic expression and to brighten the world around us for millennia.
Fascinating and informative, this was a perfect, though unintentional, companion read to Bill Bryson's At Home.

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humbleworm
Oct 04, 2015

An interesting read with lots of lesser known historical details for anyone trying to learn something new every day. I read her subsequent book on gems first and found it more focused but would recommend both books.

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Apr 02, 2013

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