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The brilliant history of color in art

The brilliant history of color in art

Finlay, Victoria, author

The history of art is inseparable from the history of colour. And what a story they tell together: one that brims with an all-star cast of characters, eye-opening details, and unexpected detours through the annals of human civilization and scientific discovery. This book takes readers across the globe and over the centuries on an unforgettable tour through the brilliant history of colour in art

Book. English.
Published Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, [2014]
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Statement of responsibility: Victoria Finlay
ISBN: 1606064290, 9781606064290
Physical Description: 120 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Subject: Art Technique History.; Color in art History.; Colors Analysis.

Author note

Victoria Finlay is the author ofColor: A Natural History of the PaletteandJewels: A Secret History. She was formerly arts editor at the South China Morning Post.


"Beautifully illustrated with examples, mostly drawn from the collections of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and rich with lesser-known anecdotes from art history, the book succeeds perfectly in walking a fine line between the educational and the entertaining to deliver a wholly satisfying and stimulating perspective. It will please new and veteran artists, those interested in historical tidbits, and newcomers to the field."
Library Journal

||“This colorful volume tells the stories of the major colors in the artist's palette throughout history, from ultramarine to madder red to modern colors, like chrome yellow. Perfect for the student of art or art history, or aspiring or accomplished artist.”—Seattle Times


This fascinating history of color in art is a real page turner.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

||“Victoria Finlay’s The Brilliant History of Color in Art is a global, historical journey into the origins and science of color. Ever wondered how the first color photograph was created? Where the Lascaux cave painters got their dyes? Or why we call small dots of digital color ‘pixels’? Finlay’s lucid stories are accompanied by gorgeously reprinted art from many of the greatest artists of all time.”—Zocalo Public Square

||“A cracking good read.”—Fine Art Connoisseur

||Best Art Book of 2014,The Huffington Post