Cochineal Red

Cochineal Red

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From antiquity to the present day, color has been embedded with cultural meaning. Associated with blood, fire, fertility, and life force, the color red has always been extremely difficult to achieve and thus highly prized.q qThis book discusses the origin of the red colorant derived from the insect cochineal, its early use in Precolumbian ritual textiles from Mexico and Peru, and the spread of the American dyestuff through cultural interchange following the Spanish discovery and conquest of the New World in the 16th century. Drawing on examples from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, it documents the use of this red-colored treasure in several media and throughout the world.Velvet drapes dyed carmine red in Spain were ordered to furnish the house of Livia Vernazza, the mistress and later the wife ... Their manual lists seven types of bans teints for red: French Red Scarlet (or Gobelins Red Scarlet or grains scarlet, anbsp;...

Title:Cochineal Red
Author:Elena Phipps
Publisher:Metropolitan Museum of Art - 2010-01-01


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