The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

The Secret Lives of Colour

byKassia St Clair

Kobo ebook | October 20, 2016

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Why were the Dutch so keen to turn carrots orange (they were originally purple)?

What colour was named after an Archduchess's unwashed underwear?

Why did Ancient Britons paint their faces bright blue (with woad) before going into battle?

Why do we describe envy as green or health as being 'in the pink'?


The Secret Lives of Colour tells the fascinating stories of 60 of history's most unusual colours, dyes and hues, ranging from acquamarine to chrome yellow. In it you will discover the shade named after a tiny, biting insect that became all the rage in Marie-Antoinette's Versailles, why the Virgin Mary is so often wearing blue in Renaissance paintings, and why Byzantine princelings were said to be born 'in the purple'. From elephant's tusks to acid yellows, the tales behind the colours we surround ourselves with cast a fascinating light back on our history and culture. Fashion and politics, art and war, colour plays a major part in everything we do. The Secret Lives of Colour will change the way you see the world around you.

Title:The Secret Lives of ColourFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 20, 2016Publisher:Hodder & StoughtonLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990051413953

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