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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 ambling away again It is a very charming and anecdotal book in which Victoria Finlay racks up the air miles trying to research the history of paints and dyes and colourings from across the spectrumIt is as she points out uite strange to think that electromagnetic waves can have a freuency ranging from radiowaves which sometimes have than ten kilometres between them to cosmic waves which can be less than a billionth of a millimetre and yet humans can only detect a tiny span of this phenomenon specifically wavelengths between 000038 and 000075 millimetres This minuscule range of electromagnetism gives us all the colours of the rainbow which makes you wonder how dazzling the world looks to other animals with different sensesIf you approach this book looking for hard science or indeed careful history you might be disappointed Finlay s mode is excitable curiosity sometimes buttressed by flights of speculation this might have meant I like to think that not sober authority The best way to read it is as a personal travelogue and indeed the book works best perhaps as travel literature She somehow managed to get into Afghanistan the source of almost all the world s ultramarine in 2000 and 2001 and her descriptions of these journeys are astutely observed and very real you get an impression of her as a good traveller and a good journalist which is slightly lost in sections dominated by her historical researchNevertheless as a broad introduction to the subject it s hard to imagine anyone could read this without learning something new and bizarre in Finlay s explorations of urinating cows Mexican sea snails Indian weeds Afghan miners Aboriginal Dreaming and eighteenth century art Her bibliography is packed with detailed further reading and she herself is full of enthusiasm and overall great company

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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. 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 low ratio of general citizens who knows REALLY what color is about how it s made how we wrestlednegotiatedbullied our ways into being enjoyerspurveyors of it Lot s of lessons to be learned

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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 auamarine cochineal carmine They might have been only shades of orange purple blue and red but those exotic names gave those paints just a little magic Didn t do much for my art work but never mind Victoria Finlay would appear to have had a similar early interest in colour when her father took her to Chartres Cathedral She noticed the beauty of the stained glass window crafted some 800 years ago only to be gob smacked when her father told her that no one actually knows how to make that beautiful blue in the window any And so began her interest in discovering where colours come from and ultimately this book Part travelogue part science text part art history part general history the author has brought together a huge number and variety of facts and experiences and people into this rather large book of 440 pages not including bibliography notes and index which together run to another 60 pages It could be very easy to have complete confusion in amalgamating all this material into a readable book Probably the only way to do it with a subject such is colour is to organise it by colour So she starts at the beginning with the colour of the earth ochre the first colour used for art and decoration She goes to Australia to an Aborigine community where ochre has been used continuously for 40000 years Imagine She then moves onto black and brown made from soot coal fish excretions graphite rock wasps as well as giving us snippets about mummification and the history of printing The next chapter white is mostly about lead which was used to make white paint and especially make up resulting in the early and painful deaths of many fashionable ladies Following the colours of the rainbow the next seven chapters take us all over the world From cochineal bugs on cactus plants in Chile red to Stradivarius violins in Cremona orange to urine gathering in India and wars over saffron yellow to exploring caves in China green visiting the Bamiyan Buddhas not long before they were blown up blue harvesting indigo plants in India and Mexico indigo and going to Lebanon to search for the source of the power of purple in ancient Rome and Egypt violet And these are only a few of the stories that the author crams into her bookIf there is any criticism of the book it is perhaps that there is too much information too many stories and adventures making it hard to catagorise exactly what type of book it is I would say uite simply it is a personal journey of a subject close to her heart that she wants to share with as many people as possible It is an absolute treasure trove of action and inuiry and I learnt so much about all sorts of stuff So glad I picked this book up from the shelf of a second hand book shop

  • Hardcover
  • 424
  • Color A Natural History of the Palette
  • Victoria Finlay
  • English
  • 10 February 2018
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About the Author: Victoria Finlay

Victoria Finlay is a writer and journalist known for her books on colour and jewels Her most famous book is Colour Travels Through The Paint Boxfrom WikipediaI studied Social Anthropology at St Andrews University Scotland and William & Mary College Virginia after spending time in Himalayan India teaching in a Tibetan refugee camp and realising how amazing it was to learn about different



10 thoughts on “Color A Natural History of the Palette

  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 like

  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 about how lad

  4. says:

    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

  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 blue and red but those exotic names gave those paints just a littl

  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 Me

  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 travelogu

  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 low ratio of 'genera

  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 tackle the history of color This book had been on my radar a while but I had decided not to read it yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it Through it I’ve come to appreciate just ho

  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

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