Hyperallergic on Michel Pastoureau’s Yellow: The History of a Color #ArtTuesday
Michel Pastoureau’s Yellow: The History of a Color sounds like the text book for that one class you decided to take last minute that turned out to be the best decision you ever made! Via Hyperallergic:
Over three broad chapters that take us from the ochres of prehistory to the neon of the gilet jaunes (yellow vest protesters) in France, we are reminded that color is mostly a cultural construction. We “make” colors when we group similar tones under one name and imbue those tones with symbolic meanings stemming from and exhibited in scientific, artistic, and other cultural sources. A professor of medieval history and symbology expert, Pastoureau is an adept and lucid guide to yellow’s mutable connotations.
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