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Blue has a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. Once considered a hot color, it is now icy cool. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now pick it as their favorite color.

The history of Blue tells the fascinating history of our favorite color and the cultures that have hated it, loved it, and created great art with it. The ever-changing role of blue in society has been reflected in manuscripts, stained glass, heraldry, clothing, paintings, and popular culture.

As people began to associate blue with the Virgin Mary, the color entered the Church despite the efforts of chromophobic prelates. Blue was reborn as a royal color in the twelfth century and functioned as a formidable political and military force through the French Revolution. As blue triumphed in the modern era, new shades were created, and blue became the color of romance.

Into contemporary times, blue has gained its international ubiquity today in blue jeans and Gauloises cigarette packs, becaming the universal and unifying color of the Earth as seen from space.

(Michel Pastoureau)

 

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Posted 9 November 2012 by Matteo in Colors, Pictures

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