Book: Chromatopia An Illustrated History of Colour

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By David Coles

Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic color; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? Throughout history, artist pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects.

From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and pure luck, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history’s most vivid color pigments. This is the book for the artist, the history buff, the science lover and the design fanatic.

224 pages, 9 X 6 3/4 inches