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Be still, my beating heart!  I love color, I love having all the shades of pencils there are, and shelves of jars of lapis lazuli  and madder and vermilion, and great peacock tails of Pantone.  I can watch Girl with a Pearl Earring over, just for the techniques.  (Though I wish the DVD had included a key to what frame came from what picture.)

With many thanks to bioephemera, who writes:

From Richard Waller, "A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties"
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6, 1686/1687 (London, 1688)

Noting the lack of a standard for colors in natural philosophy, and inspired by a similar table published in Stockholm, Richard Waller indicated that his "Table of Physiological Colors Both Mixt and Simple" would permit unambiguous descriptions of the colors of natural bodies. To describe a plant, for example, one could compare it to the chart and use the names found there to identify the colors of the bark, wood, leaves, etc. Similar applications of the information collected in the chart might also extend to the arts and trades, he suggested.

Read more about Waller's color system in The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard.

Nine

Date: 2010-03-24 04:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] madrobins
How perfectly wonderful.

Date: 2010-03-24 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Utterly.

I remember judging the eye colors of Drosophila in college: eosin, magenta, cherry...

And a bit in Mrs. Miniver (which is not like the soppy movie, more like a very good blog), a meditation on a Khelim rug and experiential relativity: "Will 'red' do, or must you cudgel your brains for a more exact description, hesitating between claret and magenta, vermilion and cardinal? This grief, that joy, this interview, that relationship, this motor-smash, that picnic--can you weigh it up once for all and assign it to a fixed position in your scale of memories, or will you sooner or later be forced to take it out again and reclassify it? This dusty and tedious little patch of time--could she safely label it 'drab' and have done with it, or would she find herself one day living through a period so relentlessly subfusc that this present lozenge would seem, by contrast, gay?"

Nine
Edited Date: 2010-03-24 04:19 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-24 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lauradi7.livejournal.com
As part of another discussion, a while back, I sent
[livejournal.com profile] jdulac the trailer for "Girl..." and got a reply indicating
knowledge of the names of the paintings. Check with the baron.

Date: 2010-03-24 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
I should. And there must be a list somewhere on the web.

The Vermeers, of course, I got (there are sadly only thirty or so to remember; but there were lots of other Dutch vernacular scenes.

Nine

Date: 2010-03-24 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfinthewood.livejournal.com
That's fascinating. Thank you for the link.

Date: 2010-03-24 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
You're most welcome.

Nine

Date: 2010-03-24 10:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-24 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Isn't it just?

Nine

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