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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 Colour was first published by Hodder Stoughton in 2002 The text of this edition follows that of the first edition with minor emendations Endpaper map by Yoco Typographic design by Andrew Barker Printed on Furioso paper at Firmengruppe Appl Wemding Germany Bound by them in cloth printed with a design by Jörn Kaspu. Oh this book had so much promise And yet it fell flat I was expecting to read of a history book but it turned out to be a traveloguememoir and a tad too self involved for my tastes Moreover the author does a lot of imagining for a work of non fiction Damn

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Color A Natural History of the Palette

In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist’s 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 itselfHow did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo’s 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 timeRoman emper. This is one of those books where you walk into a room finger on page and yell Did you know that Cherry Coke is full of dead insects at someone chopping onions before ambling away again It is a very charming and anecdotal book in which Victoria Finlay racks up the air miles trying to research the history of paints and dyes and colourings from across the spectrumIt is as she points out uite strange to think that electromagnetic waves can have a freuency ranging from radiowaves which sometimes have than ten kilometres between them to cosmic waves which can be less than a billionth of a millimetre and yet humans can only detect a tiny span of this phenomenon specifically wavelengths between 000038 and 000075 millimetres This minuscule range of electromagnetism gives us all the colours of the rainbow which makes you wonder how dazzling the world looks to other animals with different sensesIf you approach this book looking for hard science or indeed careful history you might be disappointed Finlay s mode is excitable curiosity sometimes buttressed by flights of speculation this might have meant I like to think that not sober authority The best way to read it is as a personal travelogue and indeed the book works best perhaps as travel literature She somehow managed to get into Afghanistan the source of almost all the world s ultramarine in 2000 and 2001 and her descriptions of these journeys are astutely observed and very real you get an impression of her as a good traveller and a good journalist which is slightly lost in sections dominated by her historical researchNevertheless as a broad introduction to the subject it s hard to imagine anyone could read this without learning something new and bizarre in Finlay s explorations of urinating cows Mexican sea snails Indian weeds Afghan miners Aboriginal Dreaming and eighteenth century art Her bibliography is packed with detailed further reading and she herself is full of enthusiasm and overall great company

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Ors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfish–which 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 Washington’s 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 anecdotes–painted all the dazzling by Finlay’s engaging styleEmbark upon a. Having an affinity for all things color I was attracted to the cover of Color A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago I bought it and have been reading it for the past year I m sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part of this book The book wasn t bad but it also was nowhere near great Finlay sets about the task of researching the origins of the pigments of the paintbox Ochre Black Brown White Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet For each color she researches the historical beginnings of the colors specifically trying to illuminate why each color is named the way it is eg Tyrian Purple Indian Yellow etc She does this by trekking across the globe to the points of interest in hopes of discovering the histories and sometimes secrets of the colors from the indigenous people who in some cases still use the time honored traditions In some regards this book elaborates upon colors In some regards this book is a travelogue In yet other regards this book is part imagination when Finlay is unable to find hard and fast facts about her subject she will often say I imagine this to be trueI think if I could I would rate this book 25 stars It is mildly interesting but perhaps a bit too long


10 thoughts on “Color A Natural History of the Palette

  1. says:

    The disclaimers I imagine perhaps possibly it could be that appear in this NON FICTION book far times than they

  2. says:

    This is one of those books where you walk into a room finger on page and yell ‘Did you know that Cherry Coke i

  3. says:

    Funny story with this book got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing Thankfully Random House publisher came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy Until it came I was in suspense about how ladie

  4. says:

    I’m always on my guard when I start reading a commodity history In many cases this is an endless accumulation of facts and anecdotes often unsystematic and what is worse without critical screening I had bad experiences with Mark Kurlansky's books especially the one about Salt Salt A World History But this seems to me of a different kind Obviously this is not a science book and Finlay is the first to admit All in all th

  5. says:

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes I was fascinated by the names of the colours words I had never heard of before vermillion magenta auamarine cochineal carmine They might have been only shades of

  6. says:

    Having an affinity for all things color I was attracted to the cover of Color A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago I bought it and have been reading it for the past year I'm sad to say that I fo

  7. says:

    Oh this book had so much promise And yet it fell flat I was expecting to read of a history book but it turned out to be a traveloguememoir and a tad too self involved for my tastes Moreover the author does a lot of imagining for a work of non fiction Damn

  8. says:

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind thus I love anthologies and various other collectionsin Color I found a fantastic historical recounting of the whowherewhywhat of much of our commonly accepted color palette And that alone means something because there is a surprisingly low ratio of 'general citizens' who knows REALLY what color is about how it's made how we wrestledneg

  9. says:

    I’d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color and I believe the only book to really tackle the history of color This book had been on my radar a while but I had decided not to read it yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it Through it I’ve come to appreciate just how complex getting pigment mix with a medium of the right consistency and translucency to stick to a surface an

  10. says:

    Overall this was really interesting though it did take a month to read It saved the best colors for last indigo from the indigo plant and violet from sea snail tears There was an interesting balance maybe unsuccessful between the author trying to respect indigenous cultures or protected places and finding the information anyways by reading books published in a less respectful time or sneaking by guards She also has a ha