Colour : Travels Through the Paintbox

Colour : Travels Through the Paintbox
Author: Victoria Finlay
Rating: 3.79
Bestsellers Rate: 76243
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: Мягкий
Pages: 512
Hours of reading: 8.5 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 11,91 €

About the book

'A rare and wonderful book... I could not be more enthusiastic.' Simon Winchester 'A treasure trove of human history and obsession...the breadth of research and insight is dazzling.' Glasgow Herald Colour unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book, part travelogue part narrative history, remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. 'A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic' Independent on Sunday Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, Colour lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.




[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 * An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight. * RTE Guide * Packed with facts, fables and anecdotes ... Finlay's detailed and brilliantly researched account makes for a fascinating read * Australian Interior Trends * Victoria Finlay has unlocked the history of colour in this trawl through some little-known history * Courier Mail ( Australia) * A welcome reminder of the epic stories beneath the surface of everyday life * Telegraph *

Victoria Finlay Biography

Victoria Finlay is a British writer and journalist, known for her books on colour and jewels. Her most famous book is Colour: Travels Through The Paint Box.


Finlay studied social anthropology at St Andrew's University, Scotland, and the College of William & Mary, Virginia, after which she joined Reuters. From 1991 to 2003 Finlay worked in Hong Kong as a journalist. By the time of the handover in 1997, she was arts editor of the South China Morning Post. Finlay had become obsessed with colour as a child, when her father took her to Chartres Cathedral and said that people were no longer able to make the blue in the stained glass. In 2000, she decided it was time to go and find out this and other secrets of colour, and Colour: Travels through the Paintbox was published in 2002.Finlay has also worked in radio presenting, and was the director of communications for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.


Colour: Travels Through The Paint Box published in North America as Color: A Natural History of the Palette Buried Treasure published in the United States as Jewels: A Secret History. Palmer, M and Finlay, V. (2003) Faith in Conservation; New Approaches to Religions and the Environment, Washington DC, The World Bank


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Authors: Victoria Finlay
Imprint: Sceptre
Languages: | English |
Original Language:
ISBN13: 9780340733295
ISBN10: 0340733292
Reference Edition:
Edition: None
Edition Statement: None
Illustrations: Maps and integrated illustrations
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: Мягкий
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 512
Book Weight: 363
Book Dimensions: 130x197x34
Circulation: None
Publication date: May 26, 2003
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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