Book, Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors), 1810
Goethe challenged the theories laid out in Newton’s Opticks, arguing that color was not simply a scientific phenomenon, but a subjective experience. He contributed the first systematic study of the physiological effects of color, which became widely adopted by artists like J.M.W. Turner. While he was best known as a philosopher, Goethe considered Theory of Colors his most important work.
It is credited
Gift of Bern Dibner, Smithsonian LIbraries, QC495 .G59 1810 .
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 25.4 × 40.6 cm (10 × 16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.