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

Cheryl Porter examines the massive Mamluk Qur'anic manuscript DAK Rasid 9 (National Library of Egypt)

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April 4, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
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One of the great pleasures in examining manuscript illumination is the joy of experiencing the colors on the page and the wonder at the extraordinary technical skills employed by the artist in realizing the image. These masterpieces demonstrate a refinement of technique and a great mastery of materials, some used only for manuscript painting and some used in standard practice at different times and in different localities.

In this talk, Cheryl Porter will examine the various red colors available to medieval artists - both Islamic and Western - and discuss what factors influenced their choices. Refreshments will be served.

Cheryl Porter has been Director of the Montefiascone 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.

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.

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Evyn Kropf
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