Colors from History

You may think that color was invented only recently, but the truth is that humans have a very colorful past.  Here’s a look back at 3 different times in history and the colors that were prevalent.

Ancient Egypt: The use of red and yellow ochre Earth pigments is very prevalent, along with blue, green, purple, black, white and gray.

Tomb painting from Ancient Egypt


Ancient Greece: In the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete there is a strong use of reds, black and blues.

A fresco from the Palace of Knossos in Crete (been there- it's fascinating!)


Medieval Times: Rich tapestries and textiles utilized the vivid colors of religious art and the stained glass windows.  Reds, yellow, light and dark blues and greens, brown and off-whites were all used.

A very famous tapestry. Note the depth of colors

Do you notice a theme here?  A lot of Earth tones, but also a very high percentage of reds and blues.  Are you surprised?

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