Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour

By David Coles

$50.00

This origin story of history’s most vivid color pigments is perfect for artists, history buffs, science lovers, and design fanatics. 

Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic color and used it to create the famous blue crown of Queen Nefertiti? Or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? In the Roman Empire, hundreds of thousands of snails had to be sacrificed to produce a single ounce of dye. Throughout history, pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and pure luck, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history’s most vivid color pigments.

240 pages
Hardcover Colour Illustrations