CONFERENCE - Manuscripts in the Making: Art and Science, International Conference organised by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EW, 8 – 10 December 2016.
In association with the Departments of Chemistry and History of Art, University of Cambridge, with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections.
In conjunction with COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, 30 July – 30 December 2016. A major exhibition to mark the Bicentenary of the Fitzwilliam Museum. major exhibition to mark the Bicentenary of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
This interdisciplinary conference will aim to break new ground in integrating recent advances in the art historical and technical analyses of illuminated manuscripts with research in social and intellectual history. While Western illuminated manuscripts from the 6th to the 16th centuries will form a major focus of discussion, the conference will also include papers on Byzantine, Islamic and Pre-Columbian material.
8 December 2016
* Prof. Stephen Elliott (Department of Chemistry), University of Cambridge, Welcome
* Dr Stella Panayotova (The Fitzwilliam Museum), University of Cambridge, Introduction.
SESSION 1, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Dr Heather Pulliam (Edinburgh University), What do the Multiple Hands and Colours of the Corbie Psalter, Book of Kells and Trier Gospels Tell us about Early Medieval Attitudes towards a ‘Finished Product’?
* Susie Bioletti and Dr Rachel Moss (Trinity College, Dublin), The Art and the Pigments: A Study of Four Insular Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin
* Prof. Andrew Beeby and Prof. Richard Gameson (Durham University) and Dr Catherine Nicholson (Northumbria University), From Cairo to Canterbury: Pigments of English Illuminators from the Tenth to the Twelfth Century
* Dr Lucia Pereira Pardo (The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge), The Materials and Techniques of English Manuscripts of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.
SESSION 2, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Dr Lieve Watteeuw (Catholic University of Leuven), The Shape of Colour: Exploring the Surface of Paint Layers in Illuminated Manuscripts from the Low Countries
* Dr Paola Ricciardi (The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge), New Discoveries on the Fitzwilliam Book of Hours
* Dr Giulia Bertolotti and Dr Paola Ricciardi (The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge), Simon Bening’s Palette and Painting Techniques in the Hours of Albrecht of Brandenburg.
SESSION 3, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Marcus Fraser (Independent scholar), Origins and Modifications in the Blue Qur’an and other early Islamic manuscripts
* Prof. Robert Hillenbrand (Edinburgh University), The many uses of colour in the Great Mongol Shahnama
* Sonya Quintanilla (Cleveland Museum of Art), Drama in Repetition: Narrative Strategies in Serial Paintings from Sultanate and Early Mughal Manuscripts of India.
9 December 2016
SESSION 4, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Dr Doris Oltrogge and Dr Robert Fuchs (Cologne Institute for Conservation Sciences), The Vadiana Rudolf von Ems: Collaboration and Painting Technique in a Fourteenth-century Upper Rhenish Illuminators’ Workshop
* Dr John K. Delaney, Dr Kathryn Dooley, Dr Damon Conover, Dr Lisha Glinsman, Dr Giorgio Trumpy and Michelle Facini (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Use of Multi-Modal Chemical Imaging Spectroscopy to Study Illuminated Manuscripts on the Macroscale.
SESSION 5, Pfizer Lecture Theatre
* Dr Elizabeth Morrison (J. Paul Getty Museum), Seeing a Pink Elephant: Creating Meaning through Colour in the Medieval Bestiary
* Dr Deirdre Jackson (The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge), The Colours of Fortune.
SESSION 6, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Prof. Maria João Melo and Prof. Maria Adelaide Miranda (New University of Lisbon), Between Tradition and Innovation: Lorvão Apocalypse in the Portuguese Monastic Scriptoria
* Dr Catarina Pereira-Miguel, Évora University), Scientific Study of Cistercian Illuminated Manuscripts – Techniques, Aesthetics and Religion.
SESSION 7, Pfizer Lecture Theatre
* Dr Nicholas Herman (University of Montreal), Colour versus Gold: Disgruntled Digressions in a Late Medieval Workshop
* Roger Wieck (Morgan Library & Museum), Tours 1500.
SESSION 8, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Nancy Turner (J. Paul Getty Museum) and Dr Catherine Patterson (Getty, Conservation Institute), Materials of Byzantine Illumination: ‘Centre’ and ‘Periphery’ .
* Dr Costanza Miliani, Dr David Buti, Prof. Antonio Sgamellotti and Prof. Brunetto Giovanni Brunetti (CNR-ISTM & SMAArt Perugia), and Dr Davide Domenici (University of Bologna), Colourful Memories: Non-invasive Investigations of Mesoamerican PreColumbian and Early-colonial Codices.
SESSION 9, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Bryan Keene (J. Paul Getty Museum), Dyers, Weavers, and Illuminators: Evidence from the Florentine Ordinamenti e Matricola della Compagnia di Sant’Onofrio (1338)
* Magnolia Scudieri (Museum of San Marco) and Dr Marcello Picollo (CNRIFAC, Florence), Fra Angelico and His Circle: the Materials and Techniques of Book Illumination
* Eowyn Kerr-Di Carlo (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London), Making the Cardinal’s Missal: Looking anew at the Circle of Lorenzo Monaco and the Illuminators of Fitzwilliam MS 30.
SESSION 10, Pfizer Lecture Theatre
* Dr Maurizio Aceto (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale) and Cheryl Porter (Director of the Montefiascone Project and Consultant to the Conservation Department at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt), Looking for Lichen, Fooled by Folium and Tricked by Tyrian: A Brief Tour and New Research on Purple in Manuscripts
* Dr Lea Olsan (University of Louisiana at Monroe), Pigmenta: Materials for Painting and Healing
* Dr Mark Clarke (New University of Lisbon), Recipes and Reception: Mediaeval English Amateur Illuminators.
SESSION 11, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Nancy Turner (J. Paul Getty Museum), Reflecting a Heavenly Light: Gold and other Metals in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Illumination
* Cheryl Porter (Director of the Montefiascone Project and Consultant to the Conservation Department at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt), Metals in Cambridge Manuscripts
* Prof. Dr Robert Fuchs (Cologne Institute for Conservation Sciences), Gold or Brass, Silver or Tin: Non-destructive Analysis of Metals in Precious Medieval Book Illumination.
10 December 2016
SESSION 12, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Dr Cecilia Panti (University of Rome Tor Vergata) and Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto), Robert Grosseteste’s Treatise De iride: Transmission, Reception, Meaning
* Dr Donal Cooper (Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge), Vision and colour in the works of Giotto and his contemporaries
* Prof. Simon Gilson (School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick), Optics in Dante and in Italian vernacular culture, 1300-1600.
SESSION 13, Pfizer Lecture Theatre
* Dr Haida Liang and Dr Chi Shing Cheung (Nottingham Trent University, and Dr Paola Ricciardi (The Fitzwilliam Museum), A study of illuminated manuscripts using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and other complementary non-invasive techniques
* Dr Luca Nodari (CNR-IENI Padova), FT-IR spectroscopy as a non-invasive tool to investigate pigments and binders in illuminated manuscripts
* Stijn Legrand, Frederik Vanmeert, Dr. Geert Van der Snickt and Prof. Dr Koen Janssens (University of Antwerp), MA-XRF scanning of illuminated manuscript fragments
* Dr Carola-Bibiane-Schönlieb (DAMT, University of Cambridge), Mathematical approaches for virtual art restoration.
SESSION 14, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Dr Mike Huxtable (Durham University), [I]nitium habuit ab aliquo milite histrione vel gaudente…: Grosseteste’s De colore and the Colouring of Chivalry in BL Add. MS. 28791
* Prof. Lucy Freeman Sandler (New York University 6), Seeing Red: The Use of ‘Gules’ in the Pictorial Imagery of Fourteenth-Century English Manuscripts
* Dr Holly James-Maddocks (University of Birmingham), John Bray, Limner-Binder, and Three Sequences of Manuscripts Illuminated in Oxford (1450-1484).
SESSION 15, Bristol Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
* Dr Lucia Burgio (Victoria & Albert Museum), Manuscripts at the Victoria & Albert Museum
* Dr Christina Currie, Dr Steven Saverwyns and Dr Dominique Vanwijnsberghe (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage IRPA-KIK, Brussels), The Spanish Forger Exposed: An Interdisciplinary Study of Two Paintings
* Dr Stella Panayotova (The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge), Was the Psalter-Hours of Isabelle of France Restored in the Nineteenth Century?
Last booking date for this event: 26 November 2016. Standard fee: £95; students and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum: £70; AMARC members: £85.