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DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE EDITOR

José Mattoso
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Bernardo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
REDACÇÃO / EDITORS

Adelaide Miranda;
Bernardo de Vasconcelos e Sousa; Luís Filipe Oliveira;
Pedro Chambel

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Maria Coutinho
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Maria de Jesus Viguera; Joseph Morsel; Stephane Boisselier; Patrick Geary; Maria João Branco; Mário Barroca; José Meirinhos; Gerardo Boto Varela; José Ángel Garcia de Cortázar; Hilário Franco; Teresa Amado; Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho; Cláudio Torres; Ana Maria Rodrigues; António Resende de Oliveira; Armando Luís de Carvalho Homem; Cláudia Rabel
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Ana Pacheco
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Instituto de Estudos Medievais
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - UNL
Av. Berna 26 C, 1069-061 Lisboa
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ISSN 1646-740X

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ano 5  ● NÚMERO 7  2009
ISSN 1646-740X

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Seminário ‘Medieval colours: between beauty and meaning’.
An interdisciplinary conference on the study of colour in medieval manuscripts, 10 a 12 de Setembro

Maria João Melo,
Adelaide Miranda,
Ana Lemos, Catarina Miguel

Departamento de História da Arte Faculdade;
Departamento de Conservação e Restauro – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

 

Following the Portuguese Science Foundation projects in the study of   color in Portuguese Medieval Manuscripts, the interdisciplinary team   organized a conference in Lisbon on September 10-11 of this year, "   Medieval colours: between beauty and meaning. An interdisciplinary   conference on the study of colour in medieval manuscripts". For the   first time it was possible to bring together the most eminent   researchers in this discipline between the chemists, the art   historians and conservation and restoration scientists. The invited   speakers, Michel Pastoureau, Mark Clarke, Claude Coupry, Doris   Oltrogge and Yarza Luaces put into context the state of art and   methods in this field.

The opening discussions raised all the   questions we are confronted with when studying the subject of color in   medieval manuscripts. The facts presented by researchers of different   geographic origins and institutions (universities, museums, chemistry   laboratories) enabled a fruitful discussion of the different methods   of research. It was concluded that there is knowledge to start the   construction of an international database that would have as main   objective the mapping of pigments. This achievement would constitute a   very important step towards the understanding of the identity of   pigments, which have been used in the manuscripts and their   circulation.

According to all participants, this meeting was rewarding   and the first of its kind, in which all the researchers had the   opportunity to discuss all the projects in progress.  We have stated   the difficulties and the problems around this kind of approach, but it   is important to mention that the Portuguese team (from the Department   of Art History from FCSH and Department of Conservation and   Restoration from FCT of New University of Lisbon) was the only   interdisciplinary group working since 2006 in this field. All the   results of this conference will be published throughout next year in a   publication of the Department of Art History from the FCSH / UNL.