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COLOR AND CULTURE: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction

Gage, John

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ISBN 10: 0520222253 / ISBN 13: 9780520222250
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, California, 1999
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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335 pages. White lettering on the spine and colourful front cover. Very minimal wear to the corners otherwise this is a fine copy of this comprehensive study of colour in Western culture from the ancient Greeks until the late twentieth century. Filled with b/w and full colour illustrations and diagrams. Size: 10 x 11. Bookseller Inventory # 003711

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Title: COLOR AND CULTURE: Practice and Meaning from...

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley, California

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Large Format Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Paperback Edition.

Book Type: History, Culture

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Color is fundamental to life and art yet so diverse that it has seldom been studied in a comprehensive way. This ground-breaking analysis of color in Western culture from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century is a John Gage triumph. With originality and erudition, he describes the first theories of color articulated by philosophers from Democritus to Aristotle and the subsequent attempts by the Romans and their Renaissance disciples to organize color systematically or endow it with symbolic power. The place of color in religion, Newton's analysis of the spectrum, Goethe's color theory, and the theories and practices that have attempted to unite color and music are among the intriguing topics this award-winning book illuminates.

With a large classified bibliography, discursive footnotes, and an exhaustive index, Color and Culture is an invaluable resource for artists, historians of art and culture, psychologists, linguists, and anyone fascinated by this most inescapable and evocative element of our perceptions.

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John Gage is Reader in the History of Western Art at Cambridge University. An authority on color and on Turner, he is also the author of Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism (California, 1999).

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