Black favorite color of priests and penitents artists and ascetics fashion designers and fascists has always stood for powerfully opposed ideas authority and humility sin and holiness rebellion and conformity wealth and poverty good and bad. Michael pastoureau in black the history of a color sees the rise of puritanism and protestantism as the war of the colours a war against vivid colour that black usually won he has a terrific story to tell and a multitude of gorgeous images to help tell it. A brief history of color in art yellow brown black and white since then the history of color has been one of perpetual discovery whether through exploration or scientific advancement the invention of new pigments accompanied the developments of art historys greatest movements from the . Black has been a fashionable color throughout history for instance a black tie dinner is very formal and elegant wearing black is a current fashion trend because it is believed to make people appear thinner
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