Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox (Paperback)
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DescriptionPart travelogue, part narrative history, 'Colour' unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, 'Colour' lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.
- Published: 26 May 2003
- Format: Paperback 512 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780340733295 ISBN 10: 0340733292
- Sales rank: 8,328
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Reviews for Colour
Entertaining read for dilettantes
This is a great read for people who like generalist history merged with travelogue - dilettantes like myself. It's got some fascinating stories in it about the origin of paints and their colours and skips back and forth between famous painters and sea slugs, beetles and Australia. It's not an in-depth history of a subject but an entertaining overview illustrated with interesting items from the past. by Melissa