In this book, Narayan Khandekar, director of the Strauss Center, takes us on a tour of the amazing universe that is the Forbes Pigment Collection, which at present is kept in the Strauss Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard University. This collection contains over three thousand natural and synthetic colouring agents. Khandekar shows the origins of the pigments and their cultural uses. At the same time, he demonstrates that pigments are essential building blocks of the unique nature of a work of art. Explore the unique collection through the essay and the many images in this book.