Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color

By Elena Phipps

From antiquity to the current day, colour has been embedded with cultural which means. linked to blood, hearth, fertility, and lifestyles strength, the colour purple has continuously been tremendous tricky to accomplish and hence hugely prized. This booklet discusses the starting place of the pink colorant derived from the insect cochineal, its early use in Precolumbian ritual textiles from Mexico and Peru, and the unfold of the yank dyestuff via cultural interchange following the Spanish discovery and conquest of the hot global within the sixteenth century. Drawing on examples from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, it records using this red-colored treasure in numerous media and in the course of the world.

(This identify was once initially released in 2010.)

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