Book, Coloritto, or, The Harmony of Colouring in Painting, 1725
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.
One of the rarest and most groundbreaking books on color, J.C. Le Blon’s Coloritto formed the foundation for modern color printing and was the first publication to document the mixing of “primitive” or primary colors to create secondary colors. A printer and engraver, Le Blon sought a method for mechanically reproducing paintings with layered inks. His reduced color palette includes combinations of red, blue, yellow, white, and black, emphasizing ideal mixtures for skin tone in portraiture. It took 100 years for any other printer to be able to replicate Le Blon’s method.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, ND1486 .L44 .
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 27.9 × 43.9 cm (11 in. × 17 5/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.