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History and Use of Medieval Pigments, March 13-17, 2000

Date: 11 Jan 2000
From: Olivia Primanis <primanis@mail.utexas.edu>
Subject: History and Use of Medieval Pigments, March 13-17, 2000

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center will host a five day workshop
on the History and Use of Medieval Pigments and Inks. The morning sessions
will include discussions of original recipes, methods of manufacture, trade
routes, cost, and iconographic importance. Chemical and physical properties
of pigments and media will also be addressed. Pigments including earth
colors, medieval blues, gold and verdigris; inks including iron gall,
sepia, carbon blacks; media including gum and egg; and dyes and lakes will
be examined. Various methods of identifying pigments will be discussed.
The afternoon laboratory sessions will include preparation of samples of
the colorants discussed in the morning sessions, as well as the painting of
samples to produce a pigment chart. Appropriate methods for taking samples
from original manuscripts will be demonstrated. Practical methods for
consolidating flaking and friable pigments will be discussed and
demonstrated. The coloring of alum tawed animal skins used for conservation
work will also be given practical consideration.

The workshop will be presented by Cheryl Porter. Ms Porter, following her
conservation studies at Camberwell College of Arts in London, worked at
University College London in the Painting Analysis Unit and in the History
of Art Department analyzing pigments and application techniques used to
illuminate medieval manuscripts. She has worked closely with the University
of Cambridge on the analysis and conservation of pigments and dyes. Ms
Porter lectures and teaches throughout the UK, Europe, and Australia and
has been director of the Montefiascone Library Conservation Project in
Italy since its inception in 1988.

Date: March 13-17, 2000
Location: Conservation facilities at the HRHRC on the University of Texas
Registration Options: Participants can register for the morning lecture
session or the full workshop. The afternoon session will be limited to 12
Morning Session: 9:00 - 11:30
Full Session: 9:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 4:30 or 5:00
Cost: $300.00 Full workshop
      $50.00 Morning sessions only
Registration and fees must be received by February 2, 1999.
For more information contact:
Olivia Primanis
Conservation Department
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7219
Austin, Texas 78713-7219
tel. (512)471-9117 fax 471-9646
e-mail: <primanis@mail.utexas.edu>

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