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Ors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfish–which probably meant their scent preceded them In the eighteenth century black dye was called logwood and grew along the Spanish Main Some of the first indigo plantations were started in America amazingly enough by a seventeen year old girl named Eliza And the popular van Gogh painting White Roses at Washington’s National Gallery had to be renamed after a researcher discovered that the flowers were originally done in a pink paint that had faded nearly a century ago Color is full of extraordinary people events and anecdotes–painted all the dazzling by Finlay’s engaging styleEmbark upon a I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes I was fascinated by the names of the colours words I had never heard of before vermillion magenta auamari

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Color A Natural History of the Palette

In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist’s palette Victoria Finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of culture itselfHow did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo’s brush What is the connection between brown paint and ancient Egyptian mummies Why did Robin Hood wear Lincoln green In Color Finlay explores the physical materials that color our world such as precious minerals and insect blood as well as the social and political meanings that color has carried through timeRoman emper This is one of those books where you walk into a room finger on page and yell Did you know that Cherry Coke is full of dead insects at someone chopping onions before a

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Thrilling adventure with this intrepid journalist as she travels on a donkey along ancient silk trade routes; with the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean in search of a special purple shell that garners wealth sustenance and prestige; with modern Chilean farmers breeding and bleeding insects for their viscous red blood The colors that craft our world have never looked so bright Colour was first published by Hodder Stoughton in 2002 The text of this edition follows that of the first edition with minor emendations Endpaper map by Yoco Typographic design by Andrew Barker Printed on Furioso paper at Firmengruppe Appl Wemding Germany Bound by them in cloth printed with a design by Jörn Kaspu Oh this book had so much promise And yet it fell flat I was expecting to read of a history book but it turned out to be a traveloguememoir and a tad too self involved for my


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  1. says:

    The disclaimers I imagine perhaps possibly it could be that appear in this NON FICTION book far times than they should While I liked the content of about three uarters of the book it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start p

  2. says:

    This is one of those books where you walk into a room finger on page and yell ‘Did you know that Cherry Coke is full of

  3. says:

    Funny story with this book got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing Thankfully Random House publisher came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy Until it came I was in suspense abou

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    I’m always on my guard when I start reading a commodity history In many cases this is an endless accumulation of facts and anecdotes often unsystematic and what is worse without critical screening I had bad experiences with Mark Kurlansky's books especially the one about Salt Salt A World History But this seems to me of a different kind Obviously this is not a science book and Finlay is the first to admit A

  5. says:

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes I was fascinated by the names of the colours words I had never heard of before vermillion magenta auamarine cochineal carmine They might have been only shades of orange purple

  6. says:

    Having an affinity for all things color I was attracted to the cover of Color A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago I bought it and have been reading it for the past year I'm sad to say that I

  7. says:

    Oh this book had so much promise And yet it fell flat I was expecting to read of a history book but it turned out to be a

  8. says:

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind thus I love anthologies and various other collectionsin Color I found a fantastic historical recounting of the whowherewhywhat of much of our commonly accepted color palette And that alone means something because there is a surprisingly l

  9. says:

    I’d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color and I believe the only book to really

  10. says:

    Overall this was really interesting though it did take a month to read It saved the best colors for last indigo from the indigo plant and violet from sea snail tears There was an interesting balance maybe unsuccessful between the auth