NEW from ACC Art Books – Limited Edition: Sukita: EternityClick here to order

Blue Pigments

Blue Pigments

5000 Years of Art and Industry

By (author) Francois Delamare


  • Translation from the French text Bleus en poudres
Full Description

Each civilization devised its own solution for manufacturing the color blue. The names of the different pigments often reflect this geographic diversity: from Egyptian blue to copper phthalocyanine, ranging through Maya and Han blues, smalt, Prussian blue and artificial ultramarine. This book does not intend to account for the taste of Man for the color blue, but only to show to what extent ingenuity was deployed to artificially realize these blue materials which he lacked. Many of the natural blues were the object of international commerce and exported far away from their production sites. For instance lapis-lazuli accompanied silk along its slow path toward the Mediterranean Sea. However these prized pigments were very expensive and substitutes were sought. With the 18th century came the introduction of new substitutes for ultramarine, Prussian blue, indigo from the West Indies and cobalt blue and yet none proved fully satisfactory. The demand for blue was driven by the growing paper and dyeing industries. Contents
1 – Egyptian blue, the blue pigment of Mediterranean Antiquity 2 – Zaffre, smalt, bleu d’esmail and azure 3 – German azure and blue ashes 4 – Prussian blue and Thénard blue 5 – Artificial ultramarine 6 – Blue pigments to-day 7 – Rediscovering forgotten blues 8 – Rediscovering forgotten blues 9 – Rediscovering forgotten blues Appendix

Archetype Publications
8th Mar 2013
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
7.44 in x 9.78 in
400 Pages
35 b&w, 85 color
Recently Viewed

Please log-in or create an account to see your recent items.