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A natural history of the palette

Victoria Finlay

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Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we¡¯ll unlock the book Color£ºA Natural History of the Palette. You may have seen a video like this online: People who were born colorblind received a surprise gift ¨C a pair of glasses that correct colorblindness. The moment they put on the glasses, they immediately burst into tears. They never imagined that the world, which had always seemed monotone, was actually so colorful. Their reaction reflects the most primitive human emotion. Humans¡¯ admiration for colors can be traced back to the mysterious cave paintings done by our ancestors who lived in ancient times. Throughout human history, people have racked their brains for how to extract various colors from flowers, ores, and even corpses. People¡¯s desire for color has a rich and long history. Carmine was once a prized item on the luxury market in Europe; the competition for indigo caused conflicts between countries. It is difficult to imagine that the British Empire on which ¡°the sun never sets¡± was once shaken by mere pigments. Because people are so obsessed with color, it seems reasonable for some countries to protect their dye-making techniques, even if they need to use force. Color: A Natural History of the Palette takes us on a brand-new journey of color exploration. Following the theme of color, this book tells many stories and leads us step-by-step through the history of color¡¯s development. You¡¯ll see how carmine comes from the blood of the cochineal, a parasite living on the desert cactus. These little bugs once caused competitions between countries. Royal purple comes from ¡°tears of the sea snail,¡± and the story behind it is both romantic and cruel. As for the brown paint on a painter¡¯s palette, it may have come from the mummified ancestor of an Egyptian. Just like this, this book gives us a whole new understanding of color through interesting stories. The author of this book is Victoria Finlay, a British writer. When she was a kid, she fell in love at first sight with the blue stained glass in the Chartres Cathedral. Little Finlay learned from her father that the technique in which the stained glass was made eight hundred years ago was already lost. Little Finlay had believed that humans were always making progress, but her father¡¯s answer about the Chartres Cathedral¡¯s glass shifted her perspective. Since then, Finlay made up her mind to rediscover beautiful colors that had been lost to history. Her passion for color allowed her to seek out the origins of different colors in dozens of countries around the world, while also collecting valuable materials to increase our understanding of them. Her descriptive and narrative writing style makes the book all the more interesting to read. Now let¡¯s follow Finlay¡¯s steps to explore the world of colors. We¡¯ll unlock the book in the following three sections: Part 1: Neutral colors, Part 2: Warm colors, Part 3: Cold colors.

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