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Farbenkugel / Philipp Otto Runge

Farbenkugel (Color spheres), 1810, Philipp Otto Runge. Plate 1 in Farben-Kugel; oder, Construction des Verhaltnisses aller Mischungen der Farben zu einander… (London, 1810). The Getty Research Institute, 85-B14127

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