The History of Color: A Universe of Chromatic Phenomena (Hardcover)

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This comprehensive, beautiful book delves deep into the complex but fascinating story of our relationship with color throughout human history.

Color is fundamental to our experience and understanding of the world. It crosses continents and cultures, disciplines and decades. It is used to convey information and knowledge, to evoke mood, and to inspire emotion.

This book explores the history of our understanding of color, from the ancient world to the present, from Aristotle to Albers. Interspersed in the historical story are numerous thematic essays that look at how color has been used across a wide range of disciplines and fields: in food, music, language and many others.  

The illustrations are drawn from the Royal College of Art’s renowned Colour Reference Library which spans six centuries of works and nearly 2,000 titles, from a Gothic manuscript on the composition of the rainbow to hand-painted Enlightenment works on color theory and vibrant 20th-century color charts, including many fascinating examples not  seen in other books.

Delving far and wide in this fascinating and varied subject, this book will help readers find new layers of meaning and complexity in their everyday experiences and teach them to look closer at our colorful lives.

About the Author

Neil Parkinson is Archives and Collections Manager at the Royal College of Art, London where his responsibilities include development of the renowned Colour Reference Library. In the last decade, he has presented widely on the subject of colour to audiences from schoolchildren to chemists. He has chaired symposiums and conferences on colour, and he wrote a history of the collection for the Journal of Design History (OUP).

Praise For…

"A seminal, fascinating and informative study that will be appreciated by academia and non-professionals alike, The History of Color: A Universe of Chromatic Phenomena is exceptionally well illustrated, impressive well written, and thoroughly reader-friendly in both organization and presentations."—Midwest Book Review

"The illustrations as well as the essays are fascinating, and I learned a lot about color I hadn’t even thought of before."—COLOR Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9780711288843
ISBN-10: 0711288844
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English