Throwback Thursday: Before Pantone, Color Aficianados Got Their Fix From This Centuries-Old Hue Mixing Manual

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Long before the days of annually featured colors with quirky names, there was this monster of a book by a mysterious artists that goes by A. Boogert. It comes in around 800 pages and features every color you can imagine—much like a grandaddy of the beloved Pantone color guide. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel (talk about a job title) found this encyclopedia and quickly it lit up the Internet after he featured his find on his blog . Kwakkel goes into more detail on where he found the book and what Boogert shared in the book on his blog : I encountered this Dutch book from 1692 in a French database today and it turns out to be quite special. For one thing, no Dutch scholar appears to have published on it, or even to know about it. Moreover, the object is special because it provides an unusual peek into the workshop of 17th-century painters and illustrators. In over 700 pages of handwritten Dutch, the author, who identifies himself as A. Boogert describes how to make watercolor paints. To illustrate his point he fills each facing page with various shades of the color in question. To top it he made an index of all the colors he described, which in itself is a feast to look at. (more…)

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Throwback Thursday: Before Pantone, Color Aficianados Got Their Fix From This Centuries-Old Hue Mixing Manual

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