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Mexican Red: The Perfect Color that Changed the World (interpretación en vivo en español)
Gabriela Soto Laveaga traces the fascinating history of cochineal pigment, a highly-valued red shade, and the many efforts to control its trade in this free virtual talk (interpretación en español).
Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Harvard University
Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a small insect that produces a brilliant red pigment. Found in textiles, paintings, cosmetics, and many other objects that span the globe, cochineal is an integral part of world history. Cochineal pigment was used by Mesoamerican peoples long before the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century. After being introduced to Europe, itView more
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