About Mapping Color in History

Mapping Color in History [MCH] is a digital platform with a searchable database that contains historical and scientific information on color based on material analysis of pigments in South Asian and Himalayan paintings. MCH will enable visualization of existing and new data on pigment analysis and help chart how, when, and why specific colors were used in artistic practices in specific regions and map the pattern of each pigment’s appearance and use historically and geographically. This digital tool once complete should be expandable in any direction, both temporally and geographically, using crowd-sourcing methods.