Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox Paperback – 26 May 2003
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[Victoria Finlay's] curiosity is inexhaustible, her reading wide, and her writing style a delight (Sunday Telegraph)
It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world (Independent)
A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic (Independent on Sunday)
A treasure trove of human history and obsession...the breadth of research and insight is dazzling. (The Glasgow Herald)
This is a rare and wonderful book - a model of erudition and charm, the writing elegant and precise, and with at least one new and fascinating revelation on every single page. I could not be more enthusiastic. (Simon Winchester, author of THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN)
Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves (Express)
You get your money's worth and change to spare ... Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read. (Evening Standard)
It's hard to criticise her spirit of cultural exploration and easy to share her intelligent enthusiasm . . .Packed with pertinent trivia . . . informative and fun (South China Morning Post)
An utterly unique and fascinating read (Publishers Weekly)
Full of forgotten facts and beguiling anecdotes . . . it would be hard to confront a painting ever again without seeing in it a kind of coded map of the world (Telegraph)
On a journey that takes her from Afghanistan, to the Australian outback, to ancient caves in China, and the saffron harvest in Spain, Victoria Finlay gives an extraordinary, and compelling account of the history of colour.See all Product description
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I have a 'best books' section on my shelves, where much loved volumes sit higgledy-piggledy (ready to be grabbed in the event of a fire or other disaster). This will join them.
Thank you, Victoria. Thank you for writing such a delightful book.
The Folio edition is a delight in itself - sumptuously bound and printed, appropriately full of colour, and a weighty delight to hold in the hand.
Yes, we know that modern pigments with scientific names are more brilliant, more light-fast, and cover a greater range of the spectrum; but here are the ageless delights of lapis and cinnabar and madder and....
Expensive, but a must for all chromaphiles.
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