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1. Beginnings in 15th and 16th-century Italy

The term colorito, from the Latin color, denoting the art and theory of coloration, was introduced into European usage (French coloris, Spanish colorido, English coloring, German Kolorit) from the late 15th century, beginning in Italy. Leon Battista Alberti, in his treatise Della pittura (1435/36; “On Painting”), while acknowledging the fundamental distinction …

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Wagner, Christoph, “Coloring”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022418>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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