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Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour
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David Coles
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Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

David Coles


Thames & Hudson

Art & Architecture;
History of Art & Design Styles;
Art techniques & principles


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Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and serendipity,Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.

Spanning the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, this is a book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.

By:   David Coles
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   870g
ISBN:   9781760760021
ISBN 10:   1760760021
Publication Date:   August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

This book surveys the origin stories of more than 50 vivid color pigments, providing a comprehensive understanding of the history of colors.

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