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What was the predominant medium for painters before the eighteenth century?

Oil paint

What limited artists in their choice of colorants for oil paint before the eighteenth century?

Naturally derived colorants

When was Prussian blue first recognized as an artistic pigment?

1710

What distinguished fine blues that were chemically stable?

They were expensive

What was the origin of the name 'Prussian blue'?

Prussian Empire

What was the significance of the accidental discovery of Prussian blue in 1704?

It opened new possibilities for artistic expression by introducing a chemically stable blue pigment.

What distinguished Prussian blue from most colorants used in oil paint before the eighteenth century?

Its chemical stability, ensuring it would not fade when exposed to light.

What impact did the adoption of canvas as the predominant medium for painters have on Western art history?

It facilitated the use of oil paint as a medium for artistic expression.

What was the primary limitation for artists in their choice of colorants for oil paint before the eighteenth century?

They were limited to naturally derived colorants, which were not chemically stable.

What factor made fine blues chemically stable colorants a luxury item for painters for hundreds of years?

The rarity of naturally occurring chemically stable blue pigments.

What idea did Adam Smith illustrate using the example of pin manufacturing?

The efficiency gained through labor specialization

What inspired Charles Babbage to become interested in automating mathematical calculations?

A project sponsored by the French government

What did Charles Babbage aim to automate?

Performing mathematical calculations

What led to the workers needing to become more efficient and specialized in Great Britain?

Increased population growth

What did Adam Smith emphasize in relation to pin manufacturing?

Efficiency gained through labor specialization

What did the advent of the Industrial Revolution and increased population growth result in?

Efficient and specialized workers in Great Britain

What process did Gaspard de Prony use to produce logarithmic tables?

Method of differences involving only addition and subtraction

What did Charles Babbage believe could be automated, similar to de Prony's work?

Creation of navigational tables for sea captains

What did Babbage propose to use instead of human labor to perform calculations for the navigational tables?

A machine with gears and motors

What did Babbage believe his machine could do faster and more accurately than human labor?

Produce accurate calculations

What did Babbage name his machine after?

'Method of differences' used by Gaspard de Prony

What did Babbage argue that his machine would help avoid?

Accidents at sea caused by erroneous human-generated navigational tables

What was the primary obstacle faced by Babbage in building the Difference Engine?

The amount of money required

When did Babbage produce a small-scale prototype of the Difference Engine?

1833

What did Babbage's small-scale prototype lack the ability to do?

Print out its results

What was Babbage already thinking about by the time he produced the small-scale prototype?

The development of the Analytical Engine

What inspired Charles Babbage to become interested in automating mathematical calculations?

The French government's project to produce logarithmic tables

What did Adam Smith emphasize in relation to pin manufacturing?

The significance of specialization in the manufacturing process

What was the primary limitation for artists in their choice of colorants for oil paint before the eighteenth century?

Chemical instability of colorants

What distinguished Prussian blue from most colorants used in oil paint before the eighteenth century?

Its chemical stability

What led to the workers needing to become more efficient and specialized in Great Britain?

Increase in population growth

What did Babbage aim to automate?

Mathematical calculations

What was the primary obstacle faced by Babbage in building the Difference Engine?

Challenges in manufacturing precisely sized gears

What did Babbage propose to use instead of human labor to perform calculations for the navigational tables?

Automated machines with gears and motors

What did Babbage's small-scale prototype lack the ability to do?

Automatically print out its results

What distinguished Prussian blue from most colorants used in oil paint before the eighteenth century?

Its chemical instability

What did Charles Babbage aim to automate?

The production of navigational tables

What was the significance of the accidental discovery of Prussian blue in 1704?

It made chemically stable blue colorants more readily available

What did Babbage believe his machine could do faster and more accurately than human labor?

Calculate logarithms and trigonometric functions

What did Adam Smith emphasize in relation to worker specialization?

It increased efficiency and productivity

What process did Gaspard de Prony use to produce logarithmic tables?

Method of differences involving only addition and subtraction

When was Prussian blue first recognized as an artistic pigment?

17th century

Test your knowledge of art history with this quiz on Prussian Blue, the first modern pigment. Learn about the innovation of oil paint and the adoption of canvas as the predominant medium for painters in Western art history. Explore the impact of the Enlightenment and the advent of chemistry on the colorants used in oil paint.

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