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Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1645 - Technical treatise on the painting of miniatures (Video Orientation)

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3-28-2022

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Video Orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's Ms. Codex 1645, an 18th-century copy of a technical treatise on the painting of miniatures, in print from 1673. Includes information on the reduction of images and mixes of pigments for landscapes, skies, varieties of flowers, skin, faces, drapery, and jewels. Slightly more than half the manuscript (through p. 138) closely matches early printed editions; the remainder of the text presents material from other sources, including preparations and uses of gold leaf, varnish, lacquer, and gold and silver inks, and instructions for marbling paper and tinting parchment. It was written in Nancy, France, in 1744.

Digital copies and a full record are available through Franklin: https://franklin.library.upenn.edu/catalog/FRANKLIN_9961137913503681

Keywords

Illumination of books and manuscripts -- Early works to 1800, Illumination of books and manuscripts -- Technique, Codices, Manuals (instructional materials), Treatises, Manuscripts French -- 18th century, Manuscripts European

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History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

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Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1645 - Technical treatise on the painting of miniatures (Video Orientation)

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