Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

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This is the paperback edition of the highly successful Chromatopia. Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour; or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail?

Throughout history, artists' pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. Chromatopia reveals the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.