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Exploring historical blacks

Black in medieval manuscripts In his book: ” The Materials And Techniques of Medieval Painting” writes Daniel V. Thompson: “The most important black […]

Gallica BnF

Searching a library full of beautiful manuscripts and more. Gallica is the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France […]


Dye, ink and pigment . Braziel wood was an important source for red- and pink-coloured hues in the Middle Ages. […]

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Rijmbijbel [Rhymed Bible] by Jacob van Maerlant

A special workshop at the Royal Library (KBR) in Brussels On Saturday 27 May 2023, I had the privilege of […]

The Psalms as a source of inspiration

A Psalter with penwork after a medieval model My previous post : ‘Making a Psalter on a medieval model’ ended […]

Medieval painting techniques

About the meaning of the latin verb ‘matizare‘ in various medieval handbooks to the art of painting. On day two […]

 Vine black – Noir de vigne – Rebenschwarz

Vineyards in the Champagne region, France. In an earlier post on Burgundian black, I wrote: “Besides ink, several other blacks […]

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