Upcoming Talk | RED: Animal, vegetable mineral. A study of the red colors used for painting in manuscripts

conservator in white coat examines massive manuscript volume

Cheryl Porter examines the massive Mamluk Qur'anic manuscript DAK Rasid 9 at the National Library of Egypt in Cairo

Join us at 5 pm on Thursday, 4 April in the Hatcher Gallery for a public lecture with conservator and researcher Cheryl Porter. Refreshments will be served.

In her talk, Cheryl will explore the various red colors available to medieval artists - particularly those working on manuscript illumination in the Islamic and Western traditions - and discuss the factors that influenced their choices. 

event poster with image of manuscript illumination and conservator working

Cheryl has been Director of the Montefiascone Conservation Project since its inception in 1988. After graduating from Camberwell College (University of the Arts, London) she worked at University College London Paintings Analysis Unit, analysing the use of pigments in paintings and manuscripts. She was Manager of Conservation and Preservation at the Dar al-Kutub (National Library and Archives of Egypt) and Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation 2007-2010 and is currently a consultant for a number of institutions with book, papyrus and manuscript collections. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and has published many articles concerning colour in manuscripts. She has lectured in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.

We look forward to welcoming Cheryl in the library. Please join us!

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Library (Special Collections Research Center and Department of Preservation and Conservation) as well as the University of Michigan History of Art Department and the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar.