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Medieval Colors in Western and Islamic Manuscripts
An Intensive Workshop by Cheryl Porter
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Participants will study the history, chemistry and significance of
pigments used by medieval artists, recreating a wide array of colors
using traditional recipes, then painting with them to create a
reference chart of samples. Earth colors, organic colors and mineral
colors will be studied, along with the various binding media, such as
gum and glair, used to carry the pigments and dyes. Moreover, the
manufacture of lakes using simple chemical reactions will be
demonstrated. Factors such as the geographical origin of raw materials
and methods of preparation will be discussed in terms of their influence
on the qualities of the resulting color. Analytical methods used to
differentiate between pigments will be briefly touched upon, along with
the relative permanence/stability of various colorants.
Cheryl Porter studied conservation at Camberwell College of Arts and
Crafts and worked at the University College London Painting Analysis
Unit. She was a Research Fellow at the UCL History of Art Department,
working on medieval pigments and the techniques of medieval
manuscripts. Ms Porter lectures and teaches throughout the UK, Europe,
Australia and the United States, and is the director of the
Montefiascone Project in Italy. She is currently Senior Conservator and
Coordinator of Preservation and Conservation for the
Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation at the National Library in Cairo.
Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. A two-day
intensive workshop. The morning session will consist in a lecture with
slides in Radio and TV room 251, Indiana University, Bloomington. The
lecture is open to all.
The afternoon portion is the lab session (limited enrollment) preparing
and painting with pigment colors in the Textiles Studio Fine Arts 230,
Indiana University, Bloomington. There is a $100.00 fee. Please contact
Jim Canary at 812-855-3183 or jcanary@...
for more information.