From deeply toxic vermillion and precious ultramarine to the light-based systems of photography and digital inkjets, a new book offers a vivid insight into humanity's pursuit of colour over the centuries
Three handled Mycenaean Palace Style amphora with large palm trees symmetrically placed on the sides and smaller palm trees with floral motifs in between. This Mycenaean vase is distinguished by the high quality of clay and paint, and by the naturalistic rendering of the decoration. From the Mycenaean cemetery at Argive Deiras, Greece. 15th Century BC. Cat No 6725 Athens Archaeological Museum.