An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour : The Harvard Art Museums' Forbes Pigment Collection

An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour : The Harvard Art Museums' Forbes Pigment Collection

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Author(s)
Atelier Editions
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
24 x 28 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
Publication date
22 Jan 2019
Publisher
Atelier Editions
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0997593547
ISBN13
9780997593549
Bestsellers rank
157,687

Description

The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums encompasses over 2,500 of the world's rarest pigments. Museum director Edward Forbes started the collection at the turn of the 20th century, in order to preserve the early Italian paintings he had begun to collect. Over the years, the collection grew into a huge apothecary of bottles and beakers, as other art lovers and color experts donated their own pigments. Today the collection continues to grow, and regularly helps experts across the world to research and authenticate paintings. Visually excavating the museums' extraordinary collection, An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour examines the contained pigments and artefacts--their provenance, composition, symbology and application. It also explores the larger related fields of chromatics, the historical narratives of art and chemistry, and the innovations with which we have sought to better illustrate our aesthetic and expressive compulsions. The book includes a foreword by renowned British color author Victoria Finlay. "An encyclopedic photobook of poised still lifes, where each phial, herb and pigment-filled container becomes a character, narrating the fascinating history of color." -Wallpaper

--Jake Thompson "E News"


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