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The brilliant history of color in art

Author: Victoria Finlay; J. Paul Getty Museum.
Publisher: Los Angeles : The J. Paul Getty Museum, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Journey from the Ice Age to the Digital Age with a surprising cast of characters on this worldwide tour of color in art. Discover the strange, intriguing, and humorous stories of your favorite colors, the science behind them, and how they forever changed the courses of art and history. Were it not for Cleopatra, for instance, purple might not have become the royal color of the Western world. Without Napoleon, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Finlay; J. Paul Getty Museum.
ISBN: 9781606064290 1606064290
OCLC Number: 879583340
Description: 120 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Manganese black: Art in the Ice Age --
Red ocher: The sacred and dangerous in Australia --
Egyptian blue: King Tut's infrared transmitter --
Greek white: The myth of the white city --
Yellow ocher: Apelles and slime --
Tyrian purple: Cleopatra's royal color --
Cinnabar, vermilion, and minium: Beautiful but deadly --
Black ink: Who needs color anyway? --
Gold: Medieval radiance --
Green earth: Unearthly undertones --
The age of canvas: Painting on sails --
Ultramarine: From the Valley of the Stone --
Cochineal: A new world color in art (and your lunch) --
Logwood black: Puritans and pirates --
Cobalt: Blue at the scene of the crime --
Lead white: The enchantress --
Indigo: Girl power in South Carolina --
Gainsborough blue: Never use blue in the center --
Rose: Madame Pompadour's luxurious pink --
Light: And the Age of Enlightenment --
Titian blue: Simply unbelievable --
Indian yellow: Turner, cows, and mangoes --
Madder red: Inventing the color wheel --
Graphite: Pencil lead is not lead --
Mummy brown: Funeral for pharaohs --
Mauve: Chemistry project gone wrong --
Prussian blue: The blue that was supposed to be red --
Emerald green: The mystery of the poisonous wallpaper --
Black and white and sepia: What you can't see in photographs --
Manganese violet: Monet goes outside --
Chrome yellow: Color from Siberia --
Patent blue, tartrazine, and rose Bengal: Mix with potatoes for delicious color --
Cadmium yellow: Listening to colors with Kandinsky --
Lithol red: Endless journey of the eye --
International Klein blue: This is not your blue --
Orange 36 and violet 19: Lichtenstein and the rise of the superheroes --
Painting with light: Pixels as pigment.
Responsibility: Victoria Finlay.


The history of art is inseparable from the history of colour. This book takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on a tour through the history of color in art. It aims to uncover the  Read more...
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"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 Read more...

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