Blue: history of a colour…

Blue has had a long history in the Western world. Ancient Greeks scorned it as barbaric. Americans & Europeans cite it as their favourite colour. In a fascinating history, medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of Blue from rare appearances in pre-historic art to international ubiquity. 

The ever-changing role of Blue has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings & popular cultures. We associate Blue with the Virgin Mary. Blue is a powerful element in church decorations & symbolism. Blue gained new favour as a royal colour in 12th century. Became a formidable political & military force during the French Revolution. As Blue triumphed, new shades were created. Blue is seen as the colour of romance & the blues. A unifying colour of the Earth as seen from space. Beautiful Blue is essential to some of our greatest works of art.

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