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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.

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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.

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