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Color Ordered: A Survey of Color Order Systems from Antiquity to the Present

Rolf G. Kuehni and Andreas Schwarz


Since antiquity, people have searched for a way to understand the colors we see—what they are, how many there are, and how they can be systematically identified and arranged in some kind of order. How to order colors is not merely a philosophical question, it also has many practical applications in art, design, and commerce. Our intense interest in color and its myriad practical applications have led people throughout history to develop many systems to characterize and order it. The number of color order systems developed throughout history is unknown but ranges in the hundreds. Many are no lo ... More

Keywords: antiquity, colors, order, systems, categorization, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rolf G. Kuehni, author
North Carolina State University

Andreas Schwarz, author
Wuppertal University, and Städtisches Mädchengymnasium Essen-Borbeck