In this lively study, Ball examines some of the tools and materials that chemists have added to the palette over the centuries. He also takes his readers on a learned tour of what science has taught us about vision, the nature of light, and the physical and cultural factors that condition our perceptions of color (the ancient Romans, he notes, had no term for brown or gray, but that does not mean they didn't use earth pigments in their work). Whether writing of matters scientific or artistic, Ball is a technologist but not a determinist. In the end, he writes, art depends not on science but on artists, and "each artist makes his or her own contract with the colors of the time."
Readers with an interest in science, art, and the crossroads where they meet will relish Ball's erudite travels across the spectrum of light. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great book for those interested in the fine details of where paint comes fromPublished 6 months ago by sodiumsulfate
What an interesting book and topic. It seem like I can dip into almost any page and learn a bit of interesting and perhaps useful information.Published 7 months ago by James
I had no idea colours were so complicated. I have used the information to help me in my acrylic paintings.Published 11 months ago by Linda Sanford
This has the makings of a classic, a must read for all artists. It's content about color is exceptional for the understanding and application of color principles.Published 17 months ago by Diane Myers
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