Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism / Edition 1

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Overview

Is color just a physiological reaction, a sensation resulting from different wave lengths of light on receptors in our eyes? Does color have an effect on our feelings? The phenomenon of color is examined in extraordinary new ways in John Gage's latest book. His pioneering study is informed by the conviction that color is a contingent, historical occurrence whose meaning, like language, lies in the particular contexts in which it is experienced and interpreted. Gage covers topics as diverse as the optical mixing techniques implicit in mosaic; medieval color-symbolism; the equipment of the manuscript illuminator's workshop; the color languages and color practices of Latin America at the time of the Spanish Conquest; the earliest history of the prism; and the color ideas of Goethe and Runge, Blake and Turner, Seurat and Matisse.
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Editorial Reviews

New Republic
Extraordinary studies.
Nature
Everything Gage writes is essential reading for the serious student of color in art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520226111
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 462,002
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gage was formerly Head of the Department of History of Art at Cambridge University, where he is currently Reader in the History of Western Art. An authority on color and on Turner, he won the 1994 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art for his most recent book, Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 The Contexts of Colour 11
2 Colour and Culture 21
3 Colour in Art and its Literature 34
4 Colour in History - Relative and Absolute 67
5 Colour-words and Colour-patches 90
6 Ghiberti and Light 98
7 Color Colorado - Cross-cultural Studies in the Ancient Americas 105
8 The Fool's Paradise 121
9 Newton and Painting 134
10 Blake's Newton 144
11 Magilphs and Mysteries 153
12 Turner as a Colourist 162
13 'Two Different Worlds' - Runge, Goethe and the Sphere of Colour 169
14 Mood Indigo - From the Blue Flower to the Blue Rider 185
15 Chevreul between Classicism and Romanticism 196
16 The Technique of Seurat - A Reappraisal 209
17 Seurat's Silence 219
18 Matisse's Black Light 228
19 Colour as Language in Early Abstract Painting 241
20 A Psychological Background for Early Modern Colour 249
21 Making Sense of Colour - The Synaesthetic Dimension 261
Acknowledgments 270
Notes to the Text 271
Select Bibliography 306
List of Illustrations 312
Index 315
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