Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour

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Vintage Books, 2008 - Art and industry - 434 pages
Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, Bright Earth brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.

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Lots of information about pigments and dyes and how these are used scientifically to identify a work of art. Very good information for those interested in delving deeper into the history of color. Read full review

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User Review  - mmotles - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book very much, as it explains in a clear and chronological way the development of pigments, dyes and other materials. It shows the importance of industry in its continuous search for ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Philip Ball is a freelance writer and a consultant editor for the world's leading science journal Nature. He is a regular commentator on the interactions between science, art, history and culture. His previous books include Bright Earth- The Invention of Colour, H2O- A Biography of Water and Critical Mass- How One Thing Leads To Another, which won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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