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The Brilliant History of Color in Art
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This is a irresistible and wonderfully illustrated exploration of the history of colour in art. The history of art is inseparable from the history of colour. And what a fascinating story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. This book takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of color in art. Written for newcomers to the subject and aspiring young artists alike, Finlay's quest to uncover the origins and science of colour will beguile readers with its warm and conversational style. The rich narrative is illustrated in full colour throughout with 166 major works of art. Readers of this book will revel in a treasure trove of fun-filled facts and anecdotes. Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, the black graphite pencil might never have found its way into the hands of Cezanne. Without mango-eating cows, the sunsets of Turner might have lost their shimmering glow. And were it not for the pigment cobalt blue, the halls of museums worldwide might still be filled with forged Vermeers.
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Victoria Finlay is the critically acclaimed author of Color: A Natural History of the Palette and the former arts editor of the South China Morning Post.

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" "This fascinating history of color in art is a real page turner. "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"" Victoria Finlay s"The Brilliant History of Color in Art"is a global, historical journey into the origins and science of color. Ever wondered how the first color photograph was created? Where the Lascaux cave painters got their dyes? Or why we call small dots of digital color pixels ? Finlay s lucid stories are accompanied by gorgeously reprinted art from many of the greatest artists of all time. "Zocalo Public Square"" A cracking good read. "Fine Art Connoisseur"" Best Art Book of 2014, "The Huffington Post " "A cracking good read."--Fine Art Connoisseur "Victoria Finlay's The Brilliant History of Color in Art is a global, historical journey into the origins and science of color. Ever wondered how the first color photograph was created? Where the Lascaux cave painters got their dyes? Or why we call small dots of digital color 'pixels'? Finlay's lucid stories are accompanied by gorgeously reprinted art from many of the greatest artists of all time."--Zocalo Public Square "This fascinating history of color in art is a real page turner."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune "This colorful volume tells the stories of the major colors in the artist's palette throughout history, from ultramarine to madder red to modern colors, like chrome yellow. Perfect for the student of art or art history, or aspiring or accomplished artist."--Seattle Times "Beautifully illustrated with examples, mostly drawn from the collections of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and rich with lesser-known anecdotes from art history, the book succeeds perfectly in walking a fine line between the educational and the entertaining to deliver a wholly satisfying and stimulating perspective. It will please new and veteran artists, those interested in historical tidbits, and newcomers to the field." --Library Journal Best Art Book of 2014, The Huffington Post A cracking good read. Fine Art Connoisseur" Victoria Finlay sThe Brilliant History of Color in Artis a global, historical journey into the origins and science of color. Ever wondered how the first color photograph was created? Where the Lascaux cave painters got their dyes? Or why we call small dots of digital color pixels ? Finlay s lucid stories are accompanied by gorgeously reprinted art from many of the greatest artists of all time. Zocalo Public Square" This fascinating history of color in art is a real page turner. Minneapolis Star-Tribune" This colorful volume tells the stories of the major colors in the artist's palette throughout history, from ultramarine to madder red to modern colors, like chrome yellow. Perfect for the student of art or art history, or aspiring or accomplished artist. Seattle Times"

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