Colour -


Travels Through the Paintbox



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On a journey that takes her from Afghanistan to the Australian outback, to ancient caves in China and the saffron harvest in Spain, Victoria Finlay gives an account of the history of colour. Part travelogue, part narrative history, this study unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. It remembers a time when red paint really was 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. "Colour" lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths a wealth of stories about the quest for colours and our efforts to understand them.

Product code: 9780340733295

ISBN 9780340733295
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H197xW130xS34
No. Of Pages 512
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
On Sale Date 08/05/2003
An extraordinary and compelling account of the history of colour: 'Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full vivid as the colours themselves' Express