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A three-dimensional color space from the 13th century

Smithson, Hannah E.; Dinkova-Bruun, Greti; Gasper, Giles E.M.; Huxtable, Mike; McLeish, Tom C.B.; Panti, Cecilia

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Authors

Hannah E. Smithson

Greti Dinkova-Bruun

Mike Huxtable

Tom C.B. McLeish

Cecilia Panti



Abstract

We present a new commentary on Robert Grosseteste’s De colore, a short treatise that dates from the early 13th century, in which Grosseteste constructs a linguistic combinatorial account of color. In contrast to other commentaries (e.g., Kuehni & Schwarz, Color Ordered: A Survey of Color Order Systems from Antiquity to the Present, 2007, p. 36), we argue that the color space described by Grosseteste is explicitly three-dimensional. We seek the appropriate translation of Grosseteste’s key terms, making reference both to Grosseteste’s other works and the broader intellectual context of the 13th century, and to modern color spaces.

Citation

Smithson, H. E., Dinkova-Bruun, G., Gasper, G. E., Huxtable, M., McLeish, T. C., & Panti, C. (2012). A three-dimensional color space from the 13th century. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 29(2), A346-A352. https://doi.org/10.1364/josaa.29.00a346

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2012
Deposit Date Apr 25, 2012
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2012
Journal Journal of the Optical Society of America A.
Print ISSN 1084-7529
Electronic ISSN 1520-8532
Publisher Optica
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages A346-A352
DOI https://doi.org/10.1364/josaa.29.00a346

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This paper was published in Journal of the Optical Society of America A and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.29.00A346. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.






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