Bright Earth

Bright Earth

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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.Scientific truths known to the ancients cannot. they say, be accessed by rational inquiry or from literary inscriptions but only by ... In the technical craft manuals of the early Middle Ages this alchemical or esoteric theoretical component has ... Poorly transcribed, a#39;born of drudgery, not inspirationa#39; as engineer and historian Cyril Stanley Smith puts it, they had ... No longer explicitly magical, the books were nevertheless apparently regarded as a#39;keysa#39; to the lost wisdom of the Classical world.

Title:Bright Earth
Author:Philip Ball
Publisher:Random House - 2012-08-31


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