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The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture

Bruce R. Smith


From William Shakespeare's “green-eyed monster” to the “green thought in a green shade” in Andrew Marvell's “The Garden,” the color green was curiously prominent and resonant in English culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Among other things, green was the most common color of household goods, the recommended wall color against which to view paintings, the hue that was supposed to appear in alchemical processes at the moment base metal turned to gold, and the color most frequently associated with human passions of all sorts. This book considers the significance of the color in t ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, green, Andrew Marvell, literature, visual arts, color, popular culture, England, material culture, theater

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226763781
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226763811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce R. Smith, author