An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour

Victoria Finlay

$ 50.00 Sale price

The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums encompasses over 2,500 of the world’s rarest pigments. Museum director Edward Forbes started the collection at the turn of the 20th century, in order to preserve the early Italian paintings he had begun to collect. Over the years, the collection grew into a huge apothecary of bottles and beakers, as other art lovers and color experts donated their own pigments. Today the collection continues to grow, and regularly helps experts across the world to research and authenticate paintings.


Visually excavating the museums’ extraordinary collection, An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour examines the contained pigments and artefacts—their provenance, composition, symbology and application. It also explores the larger related fields of chromatics, the historical narratives of art and chemistry, and the innovations with which we have sought to better illustrate our aesthetic and expressive compulsions.

Book Format: Paperback, 7 x 9.25 in. / 224 pgs / 180 color / 9 duotone / 8 bw

Publishing Date: 1/22/2019

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The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums encompasses over 2,500 of the world’s rarest pigments. Museum director Edward Forbes started the collection at the turn of the 20th century, in order to preserve the early Italian paintings he had begun to collect. Over the years, the collection grew into a huge apothecary of bottles and beakers, as other art lovers and color experts donated their own pigments. Today the collection continues to grow, and regularly helps experts across the world to research and authenticate paintings.


Visually excavating the museums’ extraordinary collection, An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour examines the contained pigments and artefacts—their provenance, composition, symbology and application. It also explores the larger related fields of chromatics, the historical narratives of art and chemistry, and the innovations with which we have sought to better illustrate our aesthetic and expressive compulsions.

Book Format: Paperback, 7 x 9.25 in. / 224 pgs / 180 color / 9 duotone / 8 bw

Publishing Date: 1/22/2019

Domestic Shipping:

We provide free domestic US shipping for orders over $50 via USPS Priority (2-5 business days). Express shipping (1-2 business days) is available at checkout for an additional cost. We ship out package Tuesday - Saturday. Orders placed after 3pm will be processed the next day. 

International Shipping: 

International shipping is available via DHL Express Worldwide (3-6 business days). 

Customs Policy (PLEASE READ):

There are duty and import taxes that are not included in the total at checkout, are owed by the recipient, and are collected at time of delivery. The taxes are calculated by the customs agency of the destination country, and are beyond our control. You can calculate the costs by contacting your local carrier/customs office.

**If the recipient refuses delivery of their order due to a customs charge, their package will be considered abandoned and disposed of by the shipping carrier and their order will not be eligible for a refund.**

**The customer is responsible for paying for shipping costs for returning any item(s). Shipping costs are non-refundable.**

**Once an order ships and is in transit, it is not possible to cancel the order.**

Refunds & Exchanges:

Refunds and exchanges can be made within 14 days of purchase. Lingerie, books, and SALE items are non-returnable and non-refundable.

The customer is responsible for return shipping charges unless the item is defective, damaged, or incorrect. 

Recycled Packaging:

In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, Chop Suey Club is reusing shipping packaging. ☺