The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums encompasses over , of the world s rarest pigments Museum director Edward Forbes started the collection at the turn of the th century, in order to preserve the early Italian paintings he had begun to collect Over the years, the collection grew into a huge apothecary of bottles and beakers, as other art lovers and color experts donated their own pigments Today the collection continues to grow, and regularly helps experts across the world to research and authenticate paintings Visually excavating the museums extraordinary collection, An Atlas of Rare Familiar Colour examines the contained pigments and artefacts their provenance, composition, symbology and application It also explores the larger related fields of chromatics, the historical narratives of art and chemistry, and the innovations with which we have sought to better illustrate our aesthetic and expressive compulsions The book includes a foreword by renowned British color author Victoria Finlay An encyclopedic photobook of poised still lifes, where each phial, herb and pigment filled container becomes a character, narrating the fascinating history of color Wallpaper Actually a fabulous book EXCEPT for the white text on yellow, silver, even the orange backgrounds are pretty much impossible to read The information is great and very comprehensive However, a book from Harvard deserves to have been proofread thoroughly There are several typos page 20 first paragraph but the most unforgivable for me is misspelling Winsor Newton Newtown in the white section Anyway, I would have given this four stars were it not for the typos and illegibility of white text on light colors By the way where is Hooker s Green Haven t read the book yet but sent me an actually new book only the dust cover is broken What a surprise Pictures in the book are beautiful and content is organized uniquely Recommend n.a. You have to be into strange things to get this one names and photos of tubes with colors in them I find it fascinating. As noted with some other reviews, the white text on the yellow pages was nearly impossible to read Pgs 71 74 The history of some sources was new to me so I enjoyed reading that The information about the chemical components is cursory but this is an atlas rather than a text of recipes Pigments seem to have some very remarkable attributes, not the least of which is their perseverance Cave art is an excellent example as is the Sistine Chapel and other great works this is an easy book to read with interesting information. A gift for a sister, an artist She was delighted with it. Lovely book, quick shipping An Atlas of Rare Familiar Colour The Harvard Art Museums Forbes Pigment Collection Dieses Buch ist ein sch nes Beispiel daf r, wie im amerikanischen Kulturraum Historie, Wissenschaft und leidenschaftliches Engagement f r die Rarit ten in bemerkenswerten Sammlungen ffentlich gemacht werden Obwohl ein solches Buch nicht vollst ndig sein kann, ist es sehr zu empfehlen Leider sind ein paar Seiten nur schwer lesbar, das ist dem Grafic Design geschuldet Typo weiss auf gelb Dar ber hinaus w rde ich dem Buch einen hardcover Einband g nnen. Contains excellent photographs of a wonderful collection of pigments and dyes.