271 Years Before Pantone, An Artist Mixed And Described Every Color Imaginable In An 800-Page Book

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.

More info: Erik Kwakkel (h/t: colossal)

(Visited 1 times, 2 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

IKEA Revamped Their 2021 Catalog To Include Animal Crossing Characters And Fans Are Loving It
Irish Artist Makes Magnificent Surreal Masks That Speak To Modern Concerns
Erika Sanada’s Beautifully Creepy Sculptures Of Mutant, Dream-like Animals
Artist Duo STALLMAN Create ‘Canvas On Edge’ Collection
Zero Fucks Coins Allow You To Literally Give Zero Fucks
Forensic Artist Reconstructs Face From A Skull-Shaped Vodka Bottle
The Best Creations Of 2019 Texas SandFest And Facepalming Lincoln Is The Winner
Beautiful Baroque Architecture Bags
Forensic Artist Brilliantly Reconstructs A Face From An Empty Skull-Shaped Bottle Of Crystal Head Vodka
Cockblock Corona Mask: Mother Selling Social Distancing Penis Face Masks Raises Money For Non-Profit, So Far
Meet The Arist Filling Potholes With Mosaics Of NYC Vermin
Vietnamese Hairstylist Creates Intricate Hairstyles That Sometimes Take Up To 2-3 Months To Finish
Craftsman Makes An Incredible Stained Glass Octopus Chandeliers
Amazing Photos Of Keith Haring's Unconventional Canvases On Vehicles
Librarian Transforms 110-Year-Old Tree Into Jaw-Dropping Little Free Library
These Animal Constellation Cookies Are Out Of This World
"The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet" Exhibition at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
"Everyone is Awesome": Lego Launch First-Ever LGBTQ-Themed Set
Handsome Devils Puppets: These Eerie Puppets Are Made With Human Hair, Antique Lace, And A Dead Grandmother’s Jewelry
This Entrepreneur Makes Anti-Mask Masks For Anti-Maskers
Frida Kahlo Infiltrates The Snapchat Generation With A New Set Of Emoji
This Guy Took Apart A Drum Set And Turned It Into Something Awesome
The Seoul-Based Pastry Chef Creates Buttercream Floral Cakes That Look Too Beautiful To Eat
Artist Creates Animal Sculptures From Flower Arrangements
Stunning Diorama Table Features Pieces From Tabletop World
Twitter Users Share Statues That Are Better Than The Ones Protesters Are Tearing Down
Revenant Bear Mauls Comic-Con: Ex-'Mythbusters' Host's Annual Incognito Costume Includes Leonardo DiCaprio Corpse
Human Salt Lick - The Most Hipster Christmas Gift Of All Time
Unbelievable Seahorse Sculpture By Hu Shaoming
Slash Of Guns N' Roses Got His Own Custom Bike Created By Adam Zdanowicz Of Mad Bicycles