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The Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages

The Alchemy of Paint Art Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages The Alchemy of Paint is a critique of the modern world which Spike Bucklow sees as the product of seventeenth century ideas about science In modern times we have divorced color from its origins usi

  • Title: The Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages
  • Author: Spike Bucklow
  • ISBN: 9780714531724
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Alchemy of Paint is a critique of the modern world, which Spike Bucklow sees as the product of seventeenth century ideas about science In modern times, we have divorced color from its origins, using it for commercial advantage Spike Bucklow shows us how in medieval times, color had mystical significance far beyond the enjoyment of shade and hue.Each chapter demonstraThe Alchemy of Paint is a critique of the modern world, which Spike Bucklow sees as the product of seventeenth century ideas about science In modern times, we have divorced color from its origins, using it for commercial advantage Spike Bucklow shows us how in medieval times, color had mystical significance far beyond the enjoyment of shade and hue.Each chapter demonstrates the mindset of medieval Europe and is devoted to just one color, acknowledging its connections with life in the pre modern world Colors examined and explained in detail include a midnight blue called ultramarine, an opaque red called vermilion, a multitude of colors made from metals, a transparent red called dragonsblood, and, finally, gold.Today, scarlet describes a color, but it was originally a type of cloth Henry VI s wardrobe accounts from 1438 to 1489 show that his cheapest scarlet was 14.2s.6d and that scarlets could fetch up to twice that price In the fifteenth century, a mid priced scarlet cost than two thousand kilos of cheese or one thousand liters of wine This expense accounts for the custom of giving important visitors the red carpet treatment The book looks at how color was read in the Middle Ages and returns to materials to look at the hidden meaning of the artists version of the philosopher s stone The penultimate chapter considers why everyone has always loved gold.Spike Bucklow is a conservation scientist working with oil paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge.

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    1. Brilliant book. Very poetic and illuminating source book for Artists and writers. Spike Bucklow has written something quite magical here, bringing together the secrets of colour from their most metaphysical originals looking at the true magic and timeless values they encompass. For those fascinated by Alchemy, paint and secrets of the soul, this is very insightful and comprehensive work, looking into the nature of light and matter.

    2. Pros: very well researched, explains things clearly using numerous examples, goes over various historical traditionsCons: only mentions the most expensive pigments artists used, only a few illustrationsThis is an exploration of colours used by painters in the middle ages by way of their ‘scientific’ and alchemical significance. It mentions myths, traditions, physical and spiritual significances of the materials according to Traditional beliefs. It also goes over the alchemical procedures tha [...]

    3. Absolutely fascinating book about art, pigments, history and much more. I had no idea just preparing pigments and paint would be as interesting (perhaps more) than how the artist uses the paint on canvas. Each pigments requires a different preparation in order to create the paint. Many painters put as much effort into creating the perfect paint as they do into the actual application of paint in their work.I started using it as a reference for one story and found so much interesting information i [...]

    4. I liked this book, there is a lot of information and it's interesting, but it's very dense. It's like reading the writing of a 12th century monk, with lots of layers of meaning, and it is very easy to get lost. It took me a couple of months to read less than 300 pages.

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