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Color: A Natural History of the Palette | Victoria Finlay
In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artists 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 itself. How did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelos 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 time. Roman emperors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfishwhich 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 Washingtons 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 anecdotespainted all the more dazzling by Finlays engaging style. Embark upon a 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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mydearwatson
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REPollock
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Another great nonfiction book about the spectrum. Historical information about pigments and dyes, significances of colors in fashion and culture, loved it!

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! Over nearly 500 pages, you'll read about true stories behind your favorite colors. For example, Cleopatra used saffron for seduction; Michelangelo couldn't afford ultramarine, mined from Afghanistan; carmine red, found in lipstick and Cherry Coke, comes from the blood of insects. Be fascinated by the stories behind the world's most fascinating colors! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

SqueakyChu Sounds interesting! 2y
arubabookwoman This is already on my TBR shelf. 2y
LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this one 😊 although the title of mine is slightly different - Colour 😉 2y
BookBabe Oooooohhh!! Need this! 😍🎨 2y
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LauraKath
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Trying very hard to color-code my library. So far I have just come to the conclusion that I need a bigger bookshelf. Has anyone try this? If so, what do you suggest? When a book has two colors how do you decide where it goes? So many questions and not enough space! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Help! 🙈🙈

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marjoleinlvb
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I have almost finished reading this book... But I keep on reading slower and slower because I don't want this book to end 😊 #color #nonfiction

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
marjoleinlvb Thank you @MrBooks! I think so too! 😊 3y
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