In her new book, Elena Phipps, senior museum conservator in the Department of Textile Conservation, takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the color red. Phipps reveals the colors origins (derived from the insect cochineal), its use in pre-Colombian ritual textile, and its spread throughout the world. Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color provides the necessary links tying diverse places and artistic mediums together through a discrete look at a singular discovery – the color red.

Available from Yale University Press.

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