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From: Walter Henry <consdist-request>
Date: Friday, June 27, 2003
From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.
http://scout.wisc.edu/

    3. Medieval Writing [Macromedia Flash Reader]
    <URL:http://medievalwriting.50megs.com/writing.htm>

    Developed and maintained by Dr. Dianne Tillotson, this site is a
    good location to begin learning about handwriting and manuscript
    production in the Middle Ages. Needless to say, the art and
    science of deciphering these manuscripts is terribly
    time-consuming and complicated. The site is divided into
    approximately thirteen sections, and first-time visitors would
    do well to read the "What is paleography?" essay first, in order
    to learn about this elaborate decoding process. The other
    sections of the site describe (through words, illustrations, and
    photographs) the life of a scribe during the Middle Ages, the
    tools utilized to produce the manuscripts, and the various forms
    that manuscripts took during this historical era. One rather
    delightful aspect of the site are the paleography exercises
    where visitors can try their hand at deciphering various
    passages from medieval manuscripts, including Dante's Inferno
    and the Book of Hours. [KMG]

    14. Pigments Through the Age
    <URL:http://webexhibits.org/pigments/>

    Various aspects of painting have long been discussed in the
    fields of art history and visual culture, but few have taken a
    close look at the nature of pigments within painting, or in a
    broader context. This online exhibit looks at the storied
    history of a number of different pigments, and also looks at the
    historical perceptions of their respective appearances and
    nuances. The exhibit begins by looking at pigments in prehistory
    (such as carbon black), and continues through the eventual
    discovery of mineral pigments, then the use of synthetic iron
    oxide pigments. After this introductory section, visitors can
    browse through a drop-down menu containing a list of over
    twenty-five pigments, such as Egyptian blue, cadmium yellow, and
    emerald green. For each pigment, visitors can learn about the
    history of its use, how the pigment was (or is) made, and its
    technical details (i.e., its chemical properties). [KMG]


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