Before there was Pantone…

The Pantone Color Guide was introduced in 1963, but long before that, in 1692, a book was written by a Dutch artist by the name of A. Boogert. The book was recently shared by Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, and as far as he knows, this gem is one of a kind. According to Boogert, the book was created to serve as an educational guide for 17th century painters. In this beautifully handwritten and hand painted book, the artist demonstrated the multitude of hues produced when mixing different parts paint to water. The extensive array of colors and hues fill over 700 pages and all pages can be viewed in high res format here.

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