I thought this would be a history of the different colors but it was more a travelogue with historical snippets thrown in i just noticed on looking it up on amazon that the british version of this is subtitled travels through the paintbox whereas the american version is subtitled a natural history of the palette. This was an interesting book but it was more a travel memoir than a natural history of the palette another book by the author the brilliant history of color in art is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artists palette victoria finlay takes us on an enthralling adventure around the world and through the ages illuminating how the colors we choose to value have determined the history of culture itself. Each chapter of color a natural history of the palette delves deep into a specific color giving you the full story on the history behind white red orange yellow green blue indigo violet ochre black and brown reveal the meaning usage of colors throughout history in this comprehensive color reference book. Color a natural history of the palette is as the title implies an exploration into the stories behind the colors that make up the spectrum each color as it turns out has many intriguing stories behind it and finlay delves into many of these with boundless enthusiasm
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