Facts, History, and Meanings of the Color Violet

A collection of facts, history, meanings, uses, phrases, and lore about the color violet



History and Lore: A color to inspire the mind to cultivate true knowledge and to search for the hidden, the obscure, the true meaning and perfection of life. Leonardo da Vinci said that the power of meditation can be 10 times greater under the violet light falling through the stained glass windows of a quiet church. Richard Wagner used this color in his surroundings when composing his operas. The musical note associated with violet is B.

In the Catholic Church this color is used as a mortuary color in place of black. It was worn by Mary Magdalene and the Madonna after the Crucifixion. Napoleon's followers used violet to identify their comradeship.

Daily Uses: Violet is used to point out the danger of atomic radiation, which can cause serious burns. Violet is considered helpful in libraries or study rooms where applied concentration is needed. In children's playrooms, it is regarded as an aid in the development of the imagination. Too much of this color can hinder conversation and promote indulgence.

Violet is found in such foods as eggplants, beets, blackberries, mulberries, plums, and purple grapes.

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