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Lemon Art Research Library
Join Phoenix Art Museum Librarian Abigail Nersesian and fellow readers as we discuss A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield.
The story of the quest for the perfect color red is an adventure into world history. For those who knew its secrets, red was a source of wealth and power from ancient times onward — especially cochineal, the source of nature's most potent red dye.
With a cast of extravagant characters — monarchs, buccaneers, artists, scientists, spies, even poets — the mad race to crack the cochineal enigma and break Spain's monopoly lasted three hundred years. Encompassing the history of natural philosophy and science, of art and tex... (View more)