Colors What They Mean and How to Make Them

ISBN-10: 0810992922
ISBN-13: 9780810992924
Edition: 2006
List price: $32.50
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Abrams
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

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.

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