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Black : the history of a color

Author: Michel Pastoureau
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English language edView all editions and formats
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Black, favorite color of priests and penitents, artists and ascetics, fashion designers and fascists, has always stood for powerfully opposed ideas: authority and humility, sin and holiness, rebellion and conformity, wealth and poverty, good and bad. In this book, the author of Blue now tells the fascinating social history of the color black in Europe. In the beginning was black, he tells us. The archetypal color of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pastoureau, Michel, 1947-
Black.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)647361662
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Pastoureau
ISBN: 9780691139302 069113930X
OCLC Number: 231587317
Awards: Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards: Fine Art Bronze Award 2009
Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2009
Description: 210 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: In the beginning was black : from the beginning to the year 1000 --
Mythologies of darkness --
From darkness to colors --
From palette to lexicon --
Death and its color --
The black bird --
Black, white, red --
In the devil's palette : tenth to thirteenth centuries --
The devil and his images --
The devil and his colors --
A disturbing bestiary --
To dispel the darkness --
The monk's quarrel: white versus black --
A new color order: the coat of arms --
Who was the black knight? --
A fashionable color : Fourteenth to sixteenth centuries --
The colors of the skin --
The Christianization of dark skin --
Jesus with the dyer --
Dyeing in black --
The color's moral code --
The luxury of princes --
The gray of hope --
The birth of the world in black and white : sixteenth to eighteenth centuries --
Ink and paper --
Color in black and white --
Hachures and guillochures --
The color war --
The Protestant dress code --
A very somber century --
The return of the devil --
New speculations, new classifications --
A new order of colors --
All the colors of black : eighteenth to twenty-first centuries --
The triumph of color --
The age of enlightenment --
The poetics of melancholy --
The age of coal and factories --
Regarding images --
A modern color --
A dangerous color?
Other Titles: Noir.
Responsibility: Michel Pastoureau.
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