Colour: Travels through the Paintbox eBook ´ Travels

In this vivid and captivating journey through the colors of an artist s 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 itselfHow did the most precious color blue travel all the way from remote lapis mines in Afghanistan to Michelangelo s brush What is the connection between brown paint and ancient Egyptian mummies Why did Robin Hood wear Lincoln green In Color, Finlay explores the physical materials that color our world, such as precious minerals and insect blood, as well as the social and political meanings that color has carried through timeRoman emperors used to wear togas dyed with a purple color that was made from an odorous Lebanese shellfish which probably meant their scent preceded them In the eighteenth century, black dye was called logwood and grew along the Spanish Main Some of the first indigo plantations were started in America, amazingly enough, by a seventeen year old girl named Eliza And the popular van Gogh painting White Roses at Washington s National Gallery had to be renamed after a researcher discovered that the flowers were originally done in a pink paint that had faded nearly a century ago Color is full of extraordinary people, events, and anecdotes painted all the dazzling by Finlay s engaging styleEmbark upon a thrilling adventure with this intrepid journalist as she travels on a donkey along ancient silk trade routes with the Phoenicians sailing the Mediterranean in search of a special purple shell that garners wealth, sustenance, and prestige with modern Chilean farmers breeding and bleeding insects for their viscous red blood The colors that craft our world have never looked so bright Colour was first published by Hodder Stoughton inThe text of this edition follows that of the first edition, with minor emendations Endpaper map by Yoco Typographic design by Andrew Barker Printed on Furioso paper at Firmengruppe Appl, Wemding, Germany Bound by them in cloth, printed with a design by J rn Kaspuhl Colour: Travels through the Paintbox


About the Author: Victoria Finlay

Victoria Finlay is a writer and journalist, known for her books on colour and jewels Her most famous book is Colour Travels Through The Paint Box from Wikipedia I studied Social Anthropology at St Andrews University, Scotland and William Mary College, Virginia, after spending time in Himalayan India, teaching in a Tibetan refugee camp and realising how amazing it was to learn about different cultures My first job was as a management trainee with Reuters, in London and Scandinavia, but I had a dream to be a real news journalist, writing about people s lives at times of drama and trauma So I left to study journalism for a three month diploma at the London College of Printing.When I was there, being told just how hard it would be to find a job, a fellow student asked me where, if I could choose any newspaper or magazine in the world, I would most like to work I still remember the street we were walking along in south London, as my answer, quite unplanned, would change my life I said Hong Kong, South China Morning Post, during the Handover At that time I had neither visited Hong Kong nor ever read The South China Morning Post However, I had spoken my wish, so I applied as an intern, and spent the next 12 years in Hong Kong writing for The Hong Kong Standard, RTHK briefly and finally The South China Morning Post, as news reporter, then arts editor.I left to fulfil another wish, which was to write a book about where colours came from a subject that had interested me ever since I was eight years old and heard that we could no longer make the beautiful blue glass of Chartres Cathedral Two years later, in 2002, that was published as Colour, Travels through the Paintbox, by Sceptre and Color the Natural History of the Palette, by Ballantine in the US My second book, Jewels A Secret History, followed in 2004 Since then I have returned to the UK, got married the two were connected , and have spent the past few years working on development programmes another wish with my husband, through his charity, ARC And now I am venturing very, very slowly into the world of fiction writing In April 2014 my first published short story was published in a book called The Stories of the Stranger a reimagining of some of the stories that just about every religion and community has, about looking after people you don t know In 2014 my book The Brilliant History of Color in Art was published by Getty Publications in LA, and was named the Huffington Post s top art book for that year.One of the surprising things that writing the books led me to was being invited onto the BBC Radio 4 programme The Museum of Curiosities a couple of years ago On the pilot I talked about purple, and then in the first series I was asked to propose Pliny the Elder I have a thing about Pliny the Elder to be one of the first entries into the Museum of Curiosity I give lots of talks, and write for several publications including Orion, Apollo, The Independent, The Smithsonian Magazine and The South China Morning Post.



10 thoughts on “Colour: Travels through the Paintbox

  1. says:

    The disclaimers I imagine , perhaps , possibly , it could be that appear in this NON FICTION book fartimes than they should While I liked the content of about three quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the material through the eyes of a character, imagining their experiences, travels, and accomplishments This first


  2. says:

    This is one of those books where you walk into a room, finger on page, and yell Did you know that Cherry Coke is full of dead insects at someone chopping onions, before ambling away again It is a very charming and anecdotal book, in which Victoria Finlay racks up the air miles trying to research the history of paints and dyes and colourings from across the spectrum.It is, as


  3. says:

    Funny story with this book got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing Thankfully, Random House publisher came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves by accident with white cosmetics that were made from lead.This book was interesting not only for the information about colors, b


  4. says:

    I m always on my guard when I start reading a commodity history In many cases this is an endless accumulation of facts and anecdotes, often unsystematic and what is worse without critical screening I had bad experiences with Mark Kurlansky s books especially the one about Salt, Salt A World History But this seems to me of a different kind Obviously this is not a science book, and F


  5. says:

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exotic names gave those paints just a littlemagic Didn t do much for my art work, but never mind Victoria Finl


  6. says:

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago I bought it and have been reading it for the past year I m sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part of this book The book wasn t bad, but it also was nowhere near great Finlay sets about the task of researching


  7. says:

    Oh, this book had so much promise And yet, it fell flat I was expecting to readof a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue memoir, and a tad too self involved for my tastes Moreover, the author does a lot of imagining for a work of non fiction Damn.


  8. says:

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what s been taunting my mind thus I love anthologies and various other collections.in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who where why what of much of our commonly accepted color palette And that alone means something, because there is a surprisingly low ratio of general citizens who knows REALLY what color is about,


  9. says:

    I d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it Through it I ve come to appreciate just how complex getting pigment mix with a medium of the right consistency and tran


  10. says:

    Overall, this was really interesting, though it did take a month to read It saved the best colors for last indigo, from the indigo plant, and violet, from sea snail tears There was an interesting balance, maybe unsuccessful, between the author trying to respect indigenous cultures or protected places, and finding the information anyways by reading books published in a less respectful time, or sneaki


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