See pages on: Roman concrete [hydrated calcium aluminosilicate] ; Titanium; Viking steel; Bronze; Porcelain; Perkin's Mauve; Prussian blue and many more art & architecture materials. The "Notes & further reading" pages will provide key sources, too.
This volume is designed for those who care for "the cookery of art," for those who wonder about the natures and the sources of the materials out of which painters in the Middle Ages compounded objects that we still cherish... style and technique are inseparable.
The pursuit of the colour drove medieval alchemy and modern chemistry alike, and red has been found in insects, tree resins, tar, earths, and excitable gases. It is associated with earth, blood and fire, with the holy, with national flags and powerful ideologies