marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

The Secret Lives of Colour

The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair

A collection of pieces on various colors in human history.  Most on the pigments -- the chemistry of it has vast history.  Of which Prussian blue being discovered because a man making a batch of red lake was given adulterated potash is merely the weirdest.  Brushes on symbolism, gems, flowers, and other things.  Lots of interesting bits, and only a couple bobbles I picked out.
Tags: history reviews: across eras, non-fiction: art, non-fiction: essays

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