Red: The History of a Color

Red: The History of a Color

by Michel Pastoureau


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691172774
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 194,241
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michel Pastoureau is a historian and director of studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études de la Sorbonne in Paris. A specialist in the history of colors, symbols, and heraldry, he is the author of many books, including Green, Black, and Blue (all Princeton) and The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

The First Color (From Earliest Times To The End Of Antiquity) 12

The First Palettes 16

Fire and Blood 22

With Pliny among the Painters 30

Dyeing in Red 37

Roman Purple 40

Red in Everyday Life 44

Evidence from the Lexicon 50

The Favorite Color (Sixth To Fourteenth Centuries) 54

The Four Reds of the Church Fathers 58

The Blood of Christ 64

The Red of Power 69

The First Color of Heraldry 74

Love, Glory, and Beauty 80

Blue versus Red 86

The Wardrobes of Beautiful Florentine Ladies 90

A Controversial Color(Fourteenth To Seventeenth Centuries) 94

In the Flames of Hell 98

Judas, the Redhead 102

Hatred of Red 108

The Red of Painters 116

A Primary Color 126

Fabric and Clothing 130

Little Red Riding Hood 135

A Dangerous Color? (Eighteenth To Twenty-First Centuries) 140

On the Margins of Red: Pink 144

Makeup and Society Life 152

Red Caps and Flags: In the Midst of the Revolution 163

A Political Color 167

Emblems and Signals 176

Red for the Present Day 181

Notes 195

Bibliography 209

Photography Credits214

Acknowledgments 216

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