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Color and Culture Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction

ISBN-10: 0520222253
ISBN-13: 9780520222250
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Gage
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Description: Color is fundamental to life and art yet so diverse that it has seldom been studied in a comprehensive way. This ground-breaking analysis of color in Western culture from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century is a John Gage triumph. With  More...

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Book details

List price: $52.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/3/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 335
Size: 10.00" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.136
Language: English

Color is fundamental to life and art yet so diverse that it has seldom been studied in a comprehensive way. This ground-breaking analysis of color in Western culture from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century is a John Gage triumph. With originality and erudition, he describes the first theories of color articulated by philosophers from Democritus to Aristotle and the subsequent attempts by the Romans and their Renaissance disciples to organize color systematically or endow it with symbolic power. The place of color in religion, Newton's analysis of the spectrum, Goethe's color theory, and the theories and practices that have attempted to unite color and music are among the intriguing topics this award-winning book illuminates. With a large classified bibliography, discursive footnotes, and an exhaustive index,Color and Cultureis an invaluable resource for artists, historians of art and culture, psychologists, linguists, and anyone fascinated by this most inescapable and evocative element of our perceptions.

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