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Subject: Workshop on medieval pigments

Workshop on medieval pigments

From: Sophia Jordan <sjordan>
Date: Monday, February 13, 2006
History and Use of Medieval Pigments and Inks
Instructor: Cheryl Porter

Registration fee:
    Full Workshop:  $450/ $400 (AIC and GBW members discounted)
    Workshop limited to 10 participants

Lecture:  $ 20/$15 (AIC GBW discount) per Lecture or
              $ 75 for Lecture Series  (No limits)

Registration deadline: April 1, 2006

The Sheridan Libraries Preservation Department will host a five
day-workshop on the History and Use of Medieval Pigments and Inks. A
combination of morning lecture and afternoon laboratory work,
participants will learn historical recipes, methods of manufacture,
chemical and physical properties of pigments and the media, trade
routes, their costs and their iconographic importance.  Various
methods for identifying pigments will be discussed.  Afternoon
sessions will be devoted to the preparation of samples of colorants
discussed in the morning, methods for taking samples from original
manuscripts, and practical methods for consolidating flaking and
friable pigments.

    Day 1:  Inks: Sepia, Iron Gall and Carbon

    Day 2:  The Medieval Palette

    Day 3:  The Medieval Blues

    Day 4:  Organic Colors:  Making and Use of Lake Colors

    Day 5:  Pigments and Conservation Issues: Identification and

Internationally recognized researcher and lecturer in medieval
pigments, Cheryl Porter was trained as a book and paper conservator
at Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts, London, England.  After
graduating, she worked with the Paintings Analysis Unit at
University College London.  It was there that she began her work
using Laser Raman Spectroscopy to analyze pigments in manuscripts.
Ms. Porter has published and lectured widely throughout the United
States, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Since 1988, she and Nicolas Barker organized and coordinated the
restoration of the Cardinal Barbarigo Seminary Library in
Montefiascone, a walled medieval city 90 miles north of Rome.  In
1994, Cheryl Porter set up the Montefiascone Library Conservation
Project where each summer conservators, archivists, art historians,
librarians, and others interested in the history and the structure
of the book meet to participate in classes held within the city
walls <URL:>.

For questions or registration contact Workshop Coordinator:

    Sonja Jordan-Mowery
    Joseph Ruzicka and Marie Ruzicka Feldman
    Director of Preservation
    sjordan [at] jhu__edu

Sophia K. Jordan-Mowery
Joseph Ruzicka and Marie Ruzicka Feldmann
Director of Library Preservation
The Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Fax: 410-516-4355

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:37
                 Distributed: Friday, February 17, 2006
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Received on Monday, 13 February, 2006

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