Thursday, June 19, 2008

Travels Through the Paintbox

Oh joy! After being introduced to this book by a patient I was doing art therapy with about four years ago, finding an affordable English version became my Holy Grail. For the longest time German Amazon was offering it for € 70.- which was just not in my budget. Today, however, I found it in paperback for only 10.-! If the review tickles your fancy and you live in A or D, there is only one more copy for a similar price, so order it quickly!

"Part travelogue, part narrative history, 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 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. 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".

Apart from the cow pee, it sounds mouth-wateringly good and I can hardly wait for my package!


Sharon Rose said...

Well done on your find!!

Missa said...

Sounds wonderful, so glad you found a copy!