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Black:
The History of a Color
Michel Pastoureau

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION 11

IN THE BEGINNING WAS BLACK FROM THE BEGINNING
TO THE YEAR 1000 19
Mythologies of Darkness 21
From Darkness to Colors 24
From Palette to Lexicon 27
Death and Its Color 30
The Black Bird 36
Black, White, Red 39

IN THE DEVIL'S PALETTE
TENTH TO THIRTEENTH CENTURIES 45
The Devil and His Images 47
The Devil and His Colors 51
A Disturbing Bestiary 56
To Dispel the Darkness 60
The Monks’ Quarrel: White versus Black 63
A New Color Order: The Coat of Arms 68
Who Was the Black Knight? 72

A FASHIONABLE COLOR
FOURTEENTH TO SIXTEENTH CENTURIES 77
The Colors of the Skin 79
The Christianization of Dark Skin 82
Jesus with the Dyer 88
Dyeing in Black 90
The Color's Moral Code 95
The Luxury of Princes 100
The Gray of Hope 106

THE BIRTH OF THE WORLD IN BLACK AND WHITE
SIXTEENTH TO EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES 113
Ink and Paper 115
Color in Black and White 119
Hachures and Guillochures 122
The Color War 124
The Protestant Dress Code 130
A Very Somber Century 134
The Return of the Devil 136
New Speculations, New Classifications 140
A New Order of Colors 144

ALL THE COLORS OF BLACK
EIGHTEENTH TO TWENTY-FIRST CENTURIES 151
The Triumph of Color 153
The Age of Enlightenment 159
The Poetics of Melancholy 165
The Age of Coal and Factories 170
Regarding Images 176
A Modern Color 180
A Dangerous Color? 190

NOTES 196
BIBLIOGRAPHY 207

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