• " every sense. Ball's book is the volume that has been missing from my library"

  • "Brings the mysterious subject of colour wonderfully alive. Quite literally an eye-opener"

  • "A succinct and elegantly structured new survey of Western painting. Ball pitches his learning just right between academic history and a highly readable series of anecdotes and biographical sketches"

    Daily Mail
  • "Full of fascinating vignettes. Philip Ball writes engagingly on complicated topics"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Scattered with attractive particles, sparkles with redolent names... A solid, well-researched compendium of information"