White : the history of a color

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238 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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"First published in the French language by Éditions du Seuil, Paris, under the title Blanc: histoire d'une couleur ... ©2022."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-234).
As a pigment, white is often thought to represent an absence of color, but it is without doubt an important color in its own right, just like red, blue, green, or yellow--and, like them, white has its own intriguing history. In this richly illustrated book, Michel Pastoureau, a celebrated authority on the history of colors, presents a fascinating visual, social, and cultural history of the color white in European societies, from antiquity to today. Illustrated throughout with a wealth of captivating images ranging from the ancient world to the twenty-first century, White examines the evolving place, perception, and meaning of this deceptively simple but complex hue in art, fashion, literature, religion, science, and everyday life across the millennia. Before the seventeenth century, white's status as a true color was never contested. On the contrary, from antiquity until the height of the Middle Ages, white formed with red and black a chromatic triad that played a central role in life and art. Nor has white always been thought of as the opposite of black. Through the Middle Ages, the true opposite of white was red. White also has an especially rich symbolic history, and the color has often been associated with purity, virginity, innocence, wisdom, peace, beauty, and cleanliness. With its striking design and compelling text, White is a colorful history of a surprisingly vivid and various color.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Pastoureau, M., & Gladding, J. (2023). White: the history of a color . Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Pastoureau, Michel, 1947- and Jody Gladding. 2023. White: The History of a Color. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Pastoureau, Michel, 1947- and Jody Gladding. White: The History of a Color Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Pastoureau, Michel, and Jody Gladding. White: The History of a Color Princeton University Press, 2023.

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