Book Series Manuscripts in the Making, vol. 1

Art and Science

Volume one

Stella Panayotova, Paola Ricciardi (eds)

  • Pages: 254 p.
  • Size:220 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:240 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2018

  • ISBN: 978-1-909400-10-8
  • Hardback
  • Available


“(… ) I find Manuscripts in the Making worthwhile for anyone really wanting to better understand the creation of manuscript illuminations, the pigmentation they used and precisely how they painted them. With the caveat that portions of it may just cross your eyes, serious admirers of illuminated manuscripts will enjoy ploughing their way through Manuscripts in the Making. (Bill Butts, in Manuscripts, 2018, p. 356)


This ground-breaking publication presents  the papers delivered at the international Conference held in Cambridge in December 2016 to mark the end of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s acclaimed bicentenary exhibition  COLOUR: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS.  It is the first of two volumes in which medievalists and scientists share the results of their research, and combine here to elucidate both the materials and techniques  of production of illuminated  manuscripts,  as well as the artists’ collaboration and their aesthetic objectives.  Of the 34 papers given at the proceedings, 17 are included in the present volume covering scientific analyses of West European, Byzantine and Islamic manuscripts, Colour and Pigment Studies, Painting Techniques and Workshop Practices, as well as details of the latest scientific techniques and instruments employed for these non-invasive and non-destructive investigations into the delicate manuscripts. The texts are accompanied by over 200 illustrations as well as explanatory Tables and Diagrams.



The Art and the Pigments: a Study of Four Insular Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, Susie Bioletti and Rachel Moss

Colour at Canterbury: the Pigments of Canterbury Illuminators from the Tenth to the Twelfth Centuries, Andrew Beeby, Richard Gameson and Catherine Nicholson

Seeing Red: the Use of ‘Gules’ in the Pictorial Imagery of Fourteenth-Century English Manuscripts, Lucy Freeman Sandler

Illuminators’ Materials and Techniques in Fourteenth-Century English Manuscripts, Stella Panayotova, Lucia Pereira Pardo and Paola Ricciardi

The Vadiana Rudolf of Ems: Painting Technique and Workshop Practices in Early Fourteenth-Century Zurich, Doris Oltrogge and Robert Fuchs

Dyers, Weavers and Illuminators: Evidence from the Florentine Ordinamenti e matricola della Compagnia di Sant’ Onofrio (1338), Bryan Keene

Making the Cardinal’s Missal: Looking anew at the Circle of Lorenzo Monaco and the Illuminators of Fitzwilliam MS 30, Éowyn Kerr-Di Carlo

Fra Angelico and His Circle: the Materials and Techniques of Book Illumination, Magnolia Scudieri and Marcello Picollo

The Peripatetic Activity of Thomas Tresswell, London Stationer (fl. c.1440-1470), Holly James-Maddocks

Colour versus Gold: Disgruntled Digressions in a Late Medieval Workshop, Nicholas Herman

Tours 1500, Roger S. Wieck

Painting Materials in the Fitzwilliam Book of Hours: New Discoveries, Paola Ricciardi and Stella Panayotova


Colours and Pigments in the Miniatures of the Illuminated ‘Book of Job’ at the Monastery of St John the Theologian, Patmos, Hariclia Brecoulaki, Sophia Sotiropoulou, Vicky Kantarelou and Ioannis Melianos

Technical Analysis of a Byzantine Lectionary from the Ivan Duichev Centre, Nikifor Haralampiev, Joy Mazurek, Catherine Schmidt Patterson, Dafne Cimino, Jo Kirby, David Peggie and Lucretia Miu

New Discoveries in the Painting Materials in the Medieval Mediterranean: Connections between Manuscript Illumination and Glass Technology during the Byzantine Era, c.1100-1300, Nancy K. Turner and Catherine Schmidt Patterson


The Origins and Modifications of the Blue Qur’an, Marcus Fraser, Colour in the Great Mongol Shahnama, Robert Hillenbrand