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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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History of the Book Lecture 2016:The Colours of Manuscripts: From Concept to Exhibition

19th October 2016, 17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Dr Stella Panayotova, (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

10th Annual History of the Book Lecture, jointly hosted by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Department of History, Durham University, to be followed by a drinks reception in the Palace Green Library Cafe.

This event is free to attend and open to all - booking is highly recommended.

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Dr Stella Panayotova has an MA in Classics from the University of Sofia and a DPhil in Medieval History from Oxford. In 1998-2000, she worked as a Research Associate on the illuminated manuscripts at Cambridge University Library. As the Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since 2000 she has managed major acquisitions and curated numerous exhibitions, including 'COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts'. She directs two research projects: -
'The Cambridge Illuminations' which is producing a multi-volume catalogue series of illuminated manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges -
'MINIARE', which integrates manuscripts studies with non-invasive technical analyses of the painting materials and techniques in illuminated manuscripts -

Abstract: This lecture will introduce the Fitzwilliam Museum's bicentenary exhibition, 'COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts' (30 July - 30 December 2016). The exhibition's main focus is on the art of painting in Western medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, but it also includes examples of Byzantine, Armenian, Persian and Sanskrit material. 'COLOUR' brings together manuscripts studies, art history, non-invasive technical analyses, and advance digital humanities. The exhibition shares discoveries made by two cross-disciplinary projects based at the Fitzwilliam Museum and involving experts from Cambridge, the UK and overseas: 'The Cambridge Illuminations' and 'MINIARE'. This lecture will present the research that underpins 'COLOUR', its public aspects, and the practical steps undertaken to bring the exhibition from concept to completion.

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