Chromorama: How Colour Changed Our Way of Seeing

Art History
Paperback Published on: 03/11/2022
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An invaluable guide for all designers and artists
Ranging in tone from the very accessible to the quite technical and philosophical, this book covers literally everything you could ever think of in terms o... READ MORE
Richard Keay
Engrossing and beautifully illlustrated
Thanks to Penguin for sending me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review, which you can read below. 4.5 stars I headed into this book expecting a h... READ MORE
Sam E


The Italian colour bible: a gorgeously illustrated exploration of colour and the modern gaze, from an award-winning designer. Why are pencils yellow and white goods white? Why is black the colour of mourning? What connects Queen Victoria's mauve gown and Michelle Obama's yellow dress? In Chromorama, acclaimed graphic designer Riccardo Falcinelli delves deep into the history of colour to show how it has shaped the modern gaze. With over four hundred illustrations throughout and with examples ranging widely across art and culture - from the novels of Gustave Flaubert to The Simpsons, from Byzantine jewellery to misshapen fruit, from Mondrian to Hitchcock's thrillers - Falcinelli traces the evolution of our long relationship with colour, and how first the industrial revolution, and then the dawn of the internet age, changed it forever. Beautifully designed, deeply researched, and written with warmth and wit, Chromoroma is an engrossing account of shade and light, of tone and hue, of dyes, pigments, and pixels. It is the story of why we now see the world the way we do.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241573792
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 874g
  • Dimensions: 215 x 138 x 35 mm

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Academic and Comprehensive
This is very much a book for academics and students of art and design rather than something that a layperson can get to grips with. Appendices, footnotes, ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley