Travels Through the Paintbox

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Part travelogue, part narrative history, Colour unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple.

Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, Colour lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.

Publisher: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 2002
ISBN: 9780340733288
Branch Call Number: 667.2909 Fin
Characteristics: xiv, 494 p. : ill. (some col.), maps


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Apr 11, 2013

One of those wonderful books that enrich your sense of the world.

Nov 22, 2011

The author was interviewed for a 3-part CBC Radio "Ideas" program on the theme of "colour". The series was broadcasted over three weeks starting on November 21,2011. Information is available at the CBC Ideas web site.

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