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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

Label
Green : the history of a color
Title
Green
Title remainder
the history of a color
Statement of responsibility
Michel Pastoureau, translated by Jody Gladding
Creator
Subject
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
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pastoureau, Michel
Dewey number
155.9/1145
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
LC call number
BF789.C7
LC item number
P39513 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Green
  • Color
  • Color
  • Symbolism of colors
Label
Green : the history of a color, Michel Pastoureau, translated by Jody Gladding
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-239)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An uncertain color (from the beginning to the year 1000) -- A courtly color (11th-14th centuries) -- A dangerous color (14th-16th centuries) -- A secondary color (16th-19th centuries) -- A soothing color (19th-21st centuries)
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9780691159362
Lccn
2013043893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • ocn864789687
  • (OCoLC)864789687
  • 1437030
Label
Green : the history of a color, Michel Pastoureau, translated by Jody Gladding
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-239)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An uncertain color (from the beginning to the year 1000) -- A courtly color (11th-14th centuries) -- A dangerous color (14th-16th centuries) -- A secondary color (16th-19th centuries) -- A soothing color (19th-21st centuries)
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
239 pages
Isbn
9780691159362
Lccn
2013043893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • ocn864789687
  • (OCoLC)864789687
  • 1437030

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