322 years old colors guide book

A very special color Dutch book from 1692 with over 700 pages of handwritten Dutch, providing an unusual peek into the workshop of 17th-century painters and illustrators.

The book found in a French database, describes how to make watercolor paints, in the 17th century, an age known as the Golden Age of Dutch Painting.



The book Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably one of the best guides to paint and color of its time.

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According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, the color Dutch book was intended as an educational guide.

Images: Aix-en-Provence, Bibliothèque municipale/Bibliothèque Méjanes, MS 1389 (1228). Luckily, the entire book can be viewed here, in hi-res, zoomable images. Here is a description of the book.



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