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The alchemy of paint : art, science, and secrets from the Middle Ages

Author: Spike Bucklow
Publisher: London ; New York : Marion Boyars, 2012. ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Reprinted 2010, 2012View all editions and formats
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"In The Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages, Spike Bucklow sets out to unravel the myths behind pigments like dragonsblood - said to be a mixture of elephant and dragon blood. Examining both the medieval palette and the often cloak-and-dagger science that created it, he uncovers the secret recipes behind the luxurious colours we are familiar with today. Driven by an overriding passion for  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bucklow, Spike.
Alchemy of paint.
London ; New York : Marion Boyars, 2009
(OCoLC)664773110
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Spike Bucklow
ISBN: 9780714531724 0714531723
OCLC Number: 1011098814
Description: 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Colour : dyes, pigments, and metals --
Ch. 2. Ultramarine : from over the seas --
Ch. 3. Vermilion : towards the philosophers' stone --
Ch. 4. Metallic blues : the powers of the planets --
Ch. 5. Dragonsblood : the fruit of mortal combat --
Ch. 6. Gold : the riches of the unknown --
Ch. 7. Colour : the other side --
Ch. 8. Vermilion : the sublime, crystallised --
Ch. 9. Gold : the love that conquers death --
Ch. 10. The science of colour : epilogue --
Notes on the text --
Bibliography --
Glossary --
Index.
Other Titles: Art, science, and secrets from the Middle Ages
Responsibility: by Spike Bucklow.

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"In The Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages, Spike Bucklow sets out to unravel the myths behind pigments like dragonsblood - said to be a mixture of elephant and dragon blood. Examining both the medieval palette and the often cloak-and-dagger science that created it, he uncovers the secret recipes behind the luxurious colours we are familiar with today. Driven by an overriding passion for art, his aim is to restore value to colour. The purity of white is not owned by a computer manufacturer. Spike Bucklow reminds us all that our experience of colour is fundamentally a natural sensation that can verge on the divine."--Jacket

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