The World According to Colour: A Cultural History

by James Fox


Explore the cultural significance and history of colour with art historian and BAFTA-nominated broadcaster James Fox. 

The world is awash with colour. But we give life to colour as much in our imaginations as it exists in our surroundings, as this captivating book uncovers. Each chapter immerses the reader in a single colour, drawing together stories from the histories of art and humanity to reveal the meanings that have been attached to the colours we see around us and the ways these have shaped our culture and imagination. Showing how artists, scientists, writers, philosophers, explorers and inventors have both shaped and been shaped by these wonderfully myriad meanings, James Fox reveals how, through colour, we can better understand their cultures, as well as our own. 

Each colour provides a new perspective on a different era, and together they form a vivid and vibrant history of the world. Fox writes 'We have projected our hopes, anxieties and obsessions onto colour for thousands of years,'...'The history of colour, therefore, is also a history of humanity.'


Book contains: 320 pages.

Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2cm