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The Inner Nature of Color

Studies on the Philosophy of the Four Elements

March 2005
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  • Published
    1st March 2005
  • ISBN 9780880105149
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

In this fascinating work, J. Leonard Benson describes the spiritual and esoteric nature of color in relation to the four elements—fire, earth, air and water. Based on insights provided by Rudolf Steiner and a deep knowledge of classical cosmology and color theory, this book shows how an understanding of the inner nature of color leads to a completely different view of the world and evolution than is current in our present civilization—one completely at odds with the ruling neo-Darwinian paradigm.

The Inner Nature of Color will be of interest to artists, art historians, spiritual seekers, and anyone who has ever been struck by the remarkable beauty of our colored world and wondered what it means.

J. Leonard Benson

J. Leonard Benson (1920–2009) was Professor Emeritus of Ancient Art and Archaeology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a distinguished scholar whose specialty is Greek vase painting. His interests included European decorative arts and nineteenth-century American painting. He published numerous articles in scholarly journals and more than a dozen books, including Horse, Bird and Man: The Origins of Greek Painting (1970); Bamboula at Kourion: The Bronze Age Settlement (1972); Earlier Corinthian Workshops (1989); and Greek Color Theory and the Four Elements (2000). He lived in Hillsdale, New York.