Book, Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors)
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.
Goethe challenged the theories laid out in Newton’s Opticks, arguing that color was not simply a scientific phenomenon, but a subjective experience. He contributed the first systematic study of the physiological effects of color, which became widely adopted by artists like J.M.W. Turner. While he was best known as a philosopher, Goethe considered Theory of Colors his most important work.
It is credited
Gift of Bern Dibner, Smithsonian LIbraries, QC495 .G59 1810 .
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 25.4 × 40.6 cm (10 × 16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.