Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism

Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism

by JohnGage (Author)


Is colour just a physiological phenomenon? Does colour have an effect on feelings? This study argues that the meaning of colour, like language, lies in the particular historical contexts in which it is experienced. Three essays introduce the subject, and the remaining chapters follow themes of colour chronologically, from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century. Topics covered include medieval colour-symbolism, the earliest history of the prism, Newton's optical discoveries, 19th-century psychologists and colour, and 20th-century literature on colour in art.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 20 Mar 2000

ISBN 10: 0500282153
ISBN 13: 9780500282151
Book Overview: A compelling study of the meaning of colour through the ages

Media Reviews
'Continues his brilliant exploration of art, paint, the spectrum and vision' - Marina Warner, Independent on Sunday
'Essential reading' - Nature
Author Bio
John Gage was the former Head of the Department of History of Art at Cambridge University. He is an acknowledged international authority on the history of art and colour and has written many books on the subject, including Colour and Culture and Colour and Meaning, both published by Thames & Hudson.