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The Resource Green : the history of a color, Michel Pastoureau ; translated by Jody Gladding

Green : the history of a color, Michel Pastoureau ; translated by Jody Gladding

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Green : the history of a color
Title
Green
Title remainder
the history of a color
Statement of responsibility
Michel Pastoureau ; translated by Jody Gladding
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Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
In this beautiful and richly illustrated book, the acclaimed author of Blue and Black presents a fascinating and revealing history of the color green in European societies from prehistoric times to today. Examining the evolving place of green in art, clothes, literature, religion, science, and everyday life, Michel Pastoureau traces how culture has profoundly changed the perception and meaning of the color over millennia--and how we misread cultural, social, and art history when we assume that colors have always signified what they do today. Filled with entertaining and enlightening anecdotes, Green shows that the color has been ambivalent: a symbol of life, luck, and hope, but also disorder, greed, poison, and the devil. Chemically unstable, green pigments were long difficult to produce and even harder to fix. Not surprisingly, the color has been associated with all that is changeable and fleeting: childhood, love, and money. Only in the Romantic period did green definitively become the color of nature. Pastoureau also explains why the color was connected with the Roman emperor Nero, how it became the color of Islam, why Goethe believed it was the color of the middle class, why some nineteenth-century scholars speculated that the ancient Greeks couldn't see green, and how the color was denigrated by Kandinsky and the Bauhaus. More broadly, Green demonstrates that the history of the color is, to a large degree, one of dramatic reversal: long absent, ignored, or rejected, green today has become a ubiquitous and soothing presence as the symbol of environmental causes and the mission to save the planet. With its striking design and compelling text, Green will delight anyone who is interested in history, culture, art, fashion, or media
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This richly illustrated book is beautiful enough to sit on any coffee table but also contains a compelling story of the history of the color green. Michel Pastoureau, author of the similar books on blue and black, takes the reader on an exploration of the color green?s use in history, culture, art, fashion, media and design in Europe from prehistoric times to modern day. Short roughly chronological passages tell the story of this uncertain color that has been associated with everything from childhood and luck to greed and poison. Among other topics, Pastoureau explains why some scholars have speculated that ancient Greeks could not see green, how green became the color of Islam, and the role the that the color green played in the Romantic period. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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10361677
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
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Pastoureau, Michel
Dewey number
155.91145
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1955-
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Gladding, Jody
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True
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  • Symbolism of colors
  • Green
  • Color
  • Color
  • Symbolism of colors
Target audience
adult
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the history of a color
Label
Green : the history of a color, Michel Pastoureau ; translated by Jody Gladding
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
still image
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- An uncertain color (from the beginning to the year 1000) -- Did the Greeks see green? -- Green among the Romans -- The emerald and the leek -- Hippodrome green-- The silences of the Bible and the church fathers -- A middle color -- Islamic green -- A courtly color (11th-14th centuries) -- The beauty of green -- A place for green : the orchard -- A time for green : the spring -- Youth, love, and hope -- A chivalrous color -- A green hero : Tristan -- A dangerous color (14th-16th centuries) -- Satan's green bestiary -- From green to greenish -- The green knight -- The dyer's vats -- "Gay green" and "lost green" -- Heraldic green -- The colors of the poet -- A secondary color (16th-19th centuries) -- Protestant morals -- The green of painters -- New knowledge, new classifications -- Alceste's ribbons and the green of the theater -- Superstitions and fairy tales -- Green in the age of enlightenment -- A romantic color? -- A soothing color (19th-21st centuries) -- A fashionable color -- Return to the palette -- Chevreul and the scientists did not like green -- Neither did Kandinsky or the Bauhaus -- Green in everyday life -- Nature in the heart of the cities -- Green today
Control code
000052310885
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9780691159362
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013043893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)890002621
Label
Green : the history of a color, Michel Pastoureau ; translated by Jody Gladding
Publication
Copyright
Note
Formerly CIP.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
still image
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- An uncertain color (from the beginning to the year 1000) -- Did the Greeks see green? -- Green among the Romans -- The emerald and the leek -- Hippodrome green-- The silences of the Bible and the church fathers -- A middle color -- Islamic green -- A courtly color (11th-14th centuries) -- The beauty of green -- A place for green : the orchard -- A time for green : the spring -- Youth, love, and hope -- A chivalrous color -- A green hero : Tristan -- A dangerous color (14th-16th centuries) -- Satan's green bestiary -- From green to greenish -- The green knight -- The dyer's vats -- "Gay green" and "lost green" -- Heraldic green -- The colors of the poet -- A secondary color (16th-19th centuries) -- Protestant morals -- The green of painters -- New knowledge, new classifications -- Alceste's ribbons and the green of the theater -- Superstitions and fairy tales -- Green in the age of enlightenment -- A romantic color? -- A soothing color (19th-21st centuries) -- A fashionable color -- Return to the palette -- Chevreul and the scientists did not like green -- Neither did Kandinsky or the Bauhaus -- Green in everyday life -- Nature in the heart of the cities -- Green today
Control code
000052310885
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9780691159362
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013043893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)890002621

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