Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, Bright Earth brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.
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Brilliant...in every sense. Ball's book is the volume that has been missing from my library - Guardian
Brings the mysterious subject of colour wonderfully alive. Quite literally an eye-opener - Economist
A succinct and elegantly structured new survey of Western painting. Ball pitches his learning just right between academic history and a highly readable series of anecdotes and biographical sketches - Daily Mail
Full of fascinating vignettes. Philip Ball writes engagingly on complicated topics - Sunday Telegraph
Scattered with attractive particles, sparkles with redolent names... A solid, well-researched compendium of information - TLS
A fascinatingly different account of the history of art - Scotland on Sunday
A mine of information...a fascinating book about art and science that is packed with anecdotes - Contemporary Physics
Philip Ball is a freelance writer and a consultant editor for the world's leading science journal Nature. He is a regular commentator on the interactions between science, art, history and culture. His previous books include Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour, H2O: A Biography of Water and Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another, which won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.