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Color: A Natural History of the Palette


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ISBN13: 9780812971422
ISBN10: 0812971426
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plyles, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by plyles)
Wow gives great insight!!!!!!
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closey, September 19, 2011 (view all comments by closey)
Great book for students with a mix of color and travel. Wonderful for teaching art basics.
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nicole d, September 13, 2011 (view all comments by nicole d)
Such a fun book for art lovers or armchair travelers. It combines a personal travelogue of journeys around the world with historical research on pigments, providing a fascinating perspective on art history.
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lisa_emily, September 19, 2007 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
I read this book last summer (June 2006).
It’s a pretty good book if you like to learn things and travel vicariously. An I don't mean that flippantly. Each chapter is dedicated to a color, or in the case of the black/ brown chapter which is focused on the two.
What I liked most about this book is how Finlay bounces her narrative from the stories of the past to her present travels and research. She steps in cow poo in India, goes snail hunting in Mexico then crashes a Mixtec wedding and travels within post 9/11 Afghanistan. Interspersed throughout her adventure accounts are stories of historical figures: Napoleon, George Washington and French naturalist, Thiery de Menonville.

Its an accessible read, with plenty of science and facts thrown in to make it credible, yet it doesn't simplify it's subject.
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ash229, March 13, 2007 (view all comments by ash229)
This is a fascinating book for anyone passionate about colors. I love playing with colors in all mediums and pigment types, however learning about their rich history adds a new dimension to it, and I think Victoria Finlay has done a good job of awakening the interest in this field.
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Finlay, Victoria
Random House Trade
History - General
History : General
General History
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Rh Trade PB
Publication Date:
December 30, 2003
Grade Level:
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.8125 lb

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Product details 464 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812971422 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] blend of travelogue and historical exploration....Thanks to Finlay's impeccable reportorial skills and a remarkable degree of engagement, this is an utterly unique and fascinating read."
"Review" by , "A well-rounded exploration...from an engagingly personal vantage....A labor of love and a lifetime's interest expressed in a series of integrated essays that are substantial without being weighty."
"Review" by , "Curious social mores, serendipitous science, and lots of skulduggery are all part of the rich spectrum Finlay so cheerfully illuminates."
"Review" by , "Loaded with fascinating tidbits, this portrait of colors and their histories will provide readers with lots of conversation-starters."
"Review" by , "In this engaging travelogue, a rainbow of hues determined the author's choice of destinations....By the time you read 'Violet,' you will have traversed much of the world, sharing Finlay's contagious fascination with color."
"Review" by , "This is a rare and wonderful book — a model of erudition and charm, the writing elegant and precise, and with at least one new and fascinating revelation on every single page. I could not be more enthusiastic."
"Review" by , "Until I read this book, I was colorblind."
"Review" by , "Color is the essence of landscape, of mood, of our whole perception of the physical world. Victoria Finlay has traveled through Iran, Afghanistan, and other places to investigate the origin of all those tantalizingly sensual ochers and reds and blues. What a creative idea for a book!"
"Synopsis" by , Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.

For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldnt afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today—has come from the blood of insects.

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