‘Blue Mythologies, Reflections on a Colour’ by Carol Mavor is an Ode to Blue, a celebration of the favorite color in the world. 

An art historian and blue lover, Carol Mavor puts together a compilation of reviews about blue symbols and art pieces throughout history in a poetic composition of quotes and images. The result? A documented tale about Blue, a color more and more present in the art world.

What’s blue? A flower, a lake, a gemstone, an eye, a flag. Blue is a powerful colour, analyzed by scientists for its relaxing virtues.

From Queen of Cyanotypes Anna Atkins to blue God Vishnu, including Padua’s blue chapel, the once student and forever follower of Roland Barthes explores the different meanings of the color blue, deciphering its cultural, sociological and emotional impact.

Carol Mavor’s Blue Mythologies

Carol Mavor’s Reflections are a reference, a must-have for all blue lovers, and a Bible for Anything Blue, one of its intellectual sources.

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‘The sea, the sky, the veins of the hands, the earth itself when photographed from space; blue sometimes seems to overwhelm all the other shades of our world in its all-encompassing presence.

Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour presents a series of explorations of the colour blue, echoing Roland Barthes’ ‘Mythologies’ essays.

The blues of Blue Mythologies include science, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Slavery, gender, sex, ornithology, the literary past, and contemporary film. The engaging and elegiac readings are at once sociological, literary, historical and visual, taking the reader from the blue of a new-born baby’s eyes to the films of Jarman and Kieslowski.’

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