The science and history behind colours is painted in deft strokes in the book Chromatopia by David Coles. It gives us the details of the history of colours and how these shades came into being. It is said that throughout history, pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. The Egyptians created the first synthetic color and used it to create the famous blue crown of Queen Nefertiti.
Starting with the primary and secondary colours, they are given an introduction and the recipie of each of the colours made. The book is part art and part history, telling us tales of colours through mindblowing photographs and illustrations. Cole delves into the details of the stories of origin behind over fifty of history’s most vivid color pigments. The book shares trivias and facts about the strangest pigmnets created like how 100 grams of carmine lake blood red pigment required a harvest of 14,000 female cochineal insects off of prickly pear cactus plants.
The book traces the evolution of colours through stories that are unknown, throwing light on the history of colours.