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Compleat Anachronist, Issue 158
January 2013
Medieval Views of Color

Kathleen Keeler

Figure 1:

Left: Green grape vines, brown fields, and blue lakes.

Right: White truck and black pickup, behind them a white shop with a green awning and a light red building with a red tile roof.

In the picture on the right, color is much more useful for pointing out objects within the scene



Figure 2:

Pattern without dyes, woven with handspun undyed white and dark gray yarns.

Figure 3:


Dark dress with bright trim.

Figure 4:

Angel with a flowering staff. France, 1160-70.
Limestone, 23-1/2 x 17-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (59.69 x 44.45 x 11.43 cm)
Credit line: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 54-25.
can be seen at: Nelson-Atkins Museum

Figure 5:

The Madonna and Child with Saints, ca. 1500-1520.
Benedetto Buglioni, Italian (1461-1521).
Glazed terracotta, 66 x 47 x 5-3/4 inches (167.6 x 119.4 x 14.6 cm)
Credit line: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 33-1577.
Photo credit: Tiffany Matson
can be seen at: Nelson-Atkins Museum

Figure 6:

Beautiful Clothing without Expensive Dyes. The Cloth used is brown, tan and white.