Volume One of "Coloring the Ages" is a coloring book with a twist - it includes a miscellany
of illustrations from the Collection that have been specially selected and introduced to take you
(as the colorist) through the history of printed illustrations in the West.
We have brought together this selection so that you may reconnect
with a tradition of hand-coloring printed illustrations that was a feature
of printed books and print-making from the 15th Century to the
As you move through this Volume, each design includes a researched introduction that will have you immersed in the stories behind the works
as you revive the art of enhancing monotone images with your own
selection of palettes.
To the left, we show the Title Page to Volume One of "Coloring the Ages" - a
design first produced by Sidney Meteyard for "The Golden Legend" (1910).
In taking this journey, you will have the opportunity to create your own colored interpretation of illustrations
from seminal works, including "Liber Chronicarum" ("The Nuremberg Chronicle"), Sebastian Brant's
"Daß Narrenschyff ad Narrigoniam" ("Ship of Fools"), "Der Weiß Kunig", Vergil's "Aeneid", "The Dance
of Death", "Cosmographia", Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia" ("The Divine Comedy"),
Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" and "Tales from Shakespeare".
Along this path, you will also encounter a few tales with which you may not be so familiar as you blend
your own approaches with works from famous artists of the Renaissance and the Golden Age of
Illustration including: Albrecht Dürer; the Master of the Grüninger Workshop; Hans Holbein the Younger;
David Kandel; Pieter Bruegel the Elder; Franz Hogenberg; Gustave Doré; Arthur Rackham;
Sidney H Sime; Reginald Knowles; Edmund Dulac; Vernon Hill; Willy Pogány; Kay Nielsen; Harry Clarke;
Frank C Papé; and Dugald Walker.
Volume One of "Coloring the Ages" measures 8.5 x 11", extends beyond 80 pages and includes, in
addition to the Title Page, the following 20 designs for your coloring pleasure.
Regardless of whether you choose to follow the lead of colorists of "The Nuremberg Chronicle" - as show
on the cover - or you follow your own path, making your way through "Coloring the Ages - Volume One"
will be a delightful journey.