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Colors: What They Mean and How to Make Them

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Color, as a means of expression, has been part of human history since handprints were first painted on cave walls. But in order to make the shades they had imagined, people had to unearth pigments and dyes often hidden deep within plants, minerals, mollusks, insects, and other natural elements. They developed complicated, dangerous, and sometimes even revolting techniques in order to achieve deep reds, luminous yellows, and the most beautiful blues. Archaeologist and ethnologist Anne Varichon takes the reader on a fascinating journey that examines not only the variety and use of natural colorantsand how to reproduce them todaybut also their symbolism and mythology. From Confucian China to medieval Europe, from the Papuans to the Inuit, she travels across the centuries and around the world in this absorbing, and often surprising, cultural history of the sources and meanings of color.

Book News Annotation:

Archaeologist and ethnologist Varichon offers a history of color--its origins, symbolism, and significance--since Biblical times. In addition to the historical information, the text describes natural sources of each color and recipes from cultures around the world for creating colors. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and reproductions. Translated from French by Toula Ballas. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Anne Varichon is an archaeologist and ethnologist living in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810992924
Subtitle:
What They Mean and How to Make Them
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Translator:
Ballas, Toula
Author:
Anne
Author:
Varichon
Author:
Varichon, Anne
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Dyes and dyeing
Subject:
Symbolism of colors
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Color Theory
Subject:
Art; technique; colors
Subject:
History
Subject:
Color
Subject:
Dyes and dyeing -- History.
Subject:
Symbolism of colors - History
Subject:
Art-Color Theory
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.50 x 6.50 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Color Theory
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Color and Perspective
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