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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

May 5, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…l 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 probab…