The Rose of Temperaments is part of the Year of Making / Festival of the Mind  Structural Colour project that Paul Evans has been developing with The University of Sheffield’s Department of Physics.


The title of the project is derived from the Temperamenten-Rose compiled by Goethe  and Schiller in 1798/9. The diagram matches twelve colours to human occupations or their character traits, grouped in the four temperaments: choleric (red / orange / yellow): tyrants, heroes, adventurers; sanguine (yellow / green / cyan): hedonists, lovers, poets;  phlegmatic (cyan / blue / violet): public speakers, historians, teachers; melancholic (violet / magenta / red): philosophers, pedants, rulers.