The Original Pantone – book from 1692 describes every color
 
Posted in Color, History by Brittany on May 6th, 2014
 
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The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

In today’s world it is easy to image the wide range of colors that are possible in the world. With tools like Photoshop and online color pickers, we can interactively choose any hue, shade, saturation, lightness, etc. in the blink of an eye.

But what about 300 years ago, when an artist wanted a very specific shade of red, or the perfect color of blue for the night sky? It wasn’t as easy as that.

That’s what makes this book, by someone called “A. Boogert” so extraordinary. This artist handwrote and painted over 700 pages of colors, descriptions and explanations. Historian Erik Kwakkel, who posted the book on his blog, says that it was written as an educational guide although as the only copy it had probably not reached the extent of artists that the author would have hoped.

Take a look at some of the other colors that were documented below, and remember the author had to create each of these hues using the perfect combination of paint and water — don’t take your modern-age color picker for granted!

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

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