Colors : What They Mean and How to Make Them (Hardcover)

Author: Varichon, Anne

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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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Publisher Harry N Abrams Inc
Mfg Part# 9780810992924
SKU 203300193
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0810992922
Release Date 3/1/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0288
Publisher ABRAMS

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