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Color
A Natural History of the Palette
Written by Victoria Finlay

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Category: History; Art - Color; Crafts & Hobbies
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: December 2003
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7142-2 (0-8129-7142-6)
Pages: 464
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Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.
For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today—has come from the blood of insects.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
A British citizen living in Hong Kong, Victoria Finlay has worked for Reuters and was the arts editor for the South China Morning Post for four and a half years before leaving to write this book. She writes regularly about arts and travel for Hong Kong newspapers and international media.





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