Blue: The History of a Color
Blue has a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. Once considered a hot color, it is now icy cool. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now pick it as their favorite color. In this entertaining history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearances in pre...more
We are so used to see colours at their best that we no longer see their richness. Any tone, any tint, any hue now is as it should be.
But it wasn’t always like this. Not too long ago, endowing colours to objects was a difficult, expensive, laborious, and sometime politically dangerous endeavour. Back then it was not so much their chromatic tone as their depth that mattered. Luminosity and richness, saturation and concentration were the valued qualities of a colour. Those were the ...more
Mavi'yi neredeyse görmediği düşünülen Romalılar ve Antik Yunanlılar'dan blue jean'e, Fransız bayrağına, dini motiflerden gök kuşağına, modaya, resim sanatına, edebiyata, hüzne (still got the blues!) ve değişen toplumsal yargılara dair bilgilendirici, düşündürücü ve eğlendirici bir çalışma.
An intriguing idea, although not entirely well executed. I enjoyed the broad sweep of time that Pastoureau attempted to cover - the Neolithic and ancient use of colour very briefly, the medieval world and on in a bit more detail - because the comparison across hundreds of years is fascinating. Unsurprisingly though, this was also one of its downfalls, since the occasional times it treated an idea or ...more
Very interesting, and since its translated from the original French, I'd like to know just how Euro-centric it is.
217 pages (dont 161-217 c'est une bibliographie)
Since 1983 he has held the Chair of History of Western Symbolism (Chaire d'his ...more