Colour: Art and Science

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Trevor Lamb, Janine Bourriau
Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 1995 - Art - 237 pages
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Although we experience colour all the time, do we really understand colour? Three hundred years ago Isaac Newton showed that white light is composed of all the colours of the spectrum yet does this provide us with insight into our own personal experience of colour sensation? To answer such questions on the nature of colour this volume gathers the combined knowledge of physics, biology, history and art. It provides an exciting exploration of colour, from the diverse perspectives of experts in eight different fields of study. Their essays take us on a journey both through the sciences and the world of fine art, and they combine to give a full and rewarding view of colour.
 

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Contents

The History of Colour in Art
5
Colour for the Painter
29
Light and Colour
63
Colour Mechanisms of the Eye
101
Seeing Colour
125
Colour in Nature
149
Colour and Culture
173
Colour in Language
192
Notes on Contributors
223
Acknowledgements
226
Index
228
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