Black Color Essay

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BLACK_THIRD_PASS 7/11/08 8:58 AM Page 1 GARDES COLLÉES BLACK_THIRD_PASS 7/11/08 8:58 AM Page 2 BLACK_THIRD_PASS 7/11/08 8:58 AM Page 4 BLACK BLACK_THIRD_PASS 7/11/08 8:58 AM Page 6 First published in the French language by Editions du Seuil, Paris, under the title Noir, histoire d’une couleur by Michel Pastoureau. Copyright © 2008 Editions du Seuil, Paris English-language edition published by Princeton University Press 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 In the United Kingdom: Princeton University Press, 6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1TW Translated from the French by Jody Gladding English translation copyright © 2008 Princeton University Press. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any digital or mechanical means without permission in writing from the publishers, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. MICHEL PASTOUREAU BLACK THE HISTORY OF A COLOR Printed and bound in Italy 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Pastoureau, Michel, 1947– [Noir. English] Black : the history of a color / Michel Pastoureau. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ). ISBN 978-0-691-13930-2 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Black. 2. Color—Psychological aspects—History. 3. Color—Social aspects—History. 4. Symbolism of colors—History. 5. Black in art. I. Title. BF789.C7P3813 2008 155.9'1145--dc22 2008025145 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available Printed on acid-free paper. ∞ PRINCETON AND OXFORD BLACK_THIRD_PASS 7/11/08 8:58 AM Page 8 INTRODUCTION 11 IN THE BEGINNING WAS BLACK FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE YEAR 1000 19 SIXTEENTH Mythologies of Darkness From Darkness to Colors
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