271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Cataloged Thousands of Color Swatches in a Book From the 17th Century – Design You Trust

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Cataloged Thousands of Color Swatches in a Book From the 17th Century

1

Before we had Pantone Color Guide, there was no universally recognized system to identify colors. But there were attempts to make it, and probably the most impressive one came from the artist known only as A. Boogert, who back in 1692 created an impressive piece of literature about mixing colors.

h/t: vintag.es, boredpanda

2

Handwritten in Dutch, the “Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau” (“Color qualities of watercolor paint”) was an 800-page long guide on color and paint that was probably the most comprehensive piece on colors at the time. It featured color samples, descriptions and even instructions on how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water.

3

Erik Kwakkei, a medieval book historian at Leiden University in the Netherlands who has translated parts of the book, wrote on his blog that the book was designed to be educational. “The author, who identifies himself as A. Boogert describes how to make watercolor paints. He explains how to mix the colors and how to change their tone by adding “one, two or three portions of water.” To illustrate his point he fills each facing page with various shades of the color in question (lower image). To top it he made an index of all the colors he described, which in itself is a feast to look at. In the 17th century, an age known as the Golden Age of Dutch Painting, this manual would have hit the right spot.”

4

The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. The entire book is viewable in high resolution here.

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50

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

Street Artists Turn Boring Stairs In Paris Into Works Of Art
Colors of Other Worlds: Superb Paintings by Kai Carpenter
Japanese Illustrator Gives Thought-Provoking Chills With Haunting Artwork
Ancient Chinese Artists Give Advice On How Not To Get Infected With Coronavirus
The Horror Of Sleep Paralysis Hallucinations Revealed In 46 Dark Drawings
Primary Colors
Artist Fran Krause Perfectly Illustrates Your Deepest, Darkest Fears
Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands: Vintage Handwashing Propaganda Posters Between The 1920s And 1940s
Artist Rogan Hutton Combines Famous Brand Logos for Fun
This Artist Uses Makeup To Create Art On Her Face
Brazilian Artist Draws Realistic Portraits that Look Like Photographs
"Between Heaven and Hell": The Dark Digital Artworks of James Suret
Cute and Warm Sketches of Japanese Life by Naoyuki Hayashi
Cool Vintage Photos of Victorian People Posing With Their Penny-Farthings
Stunning Vintage Photos Of Women Modeling Bathing Caps With Faces On Them
Combat Mechs of The Future (and Some Robot Trashmen): Art by Sheng Lam
Couple Married 37 Years Always Dresses In Matching Outfits & They're Stealing Hearts On Instagram
The Prophet: Superb Digital Concept Art Works of Craig Mullins
Marilyn Monroe Fronts Sexy Hair Campaign
Cat-a-Comb
Man Finds Mysterious Book That Can Not Be Explained
Spectacular Winning Photos of The World Press Photo 2022
Controversial Chinese Artist and activist Ai Weiwei Showcases Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets
"A Momentary Silence": Haunted Illustrations by Nicholas Moegly