Interdisciplinarity: Inside Manchester’s ‘arts lab’

‘Work at the CHICC is also revolutionizing understanding of papyri and palimpsests — manuscripts from which text has been erased to allow reuse of the page.’

CHICC’s ‘techniques have helped Elizabeth Savage to identify some of the earliest examples of printed gold ink.’

Detail of gold and black ink under raking light, from Lucas Cranach the Elder, St. George, 1507, colour woodcut from two blocks on prepared paper, 23.3 x 15.9 cm. London, British Museum, 1895, 0122.264. Image copyright of the British Museum. Image created by Gwen Riley Jones, Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, University of Manchester.

Detail of gold and black ink under raking light, from Lucas Cranach the Elder, St. George, 1507, colour woodcut from two blocks on prepared paper, 23.3 x 15.9 cm. British Museum, London, 1895, 0122.264. Image copyright of The Trustees of the British Museum. Image created by Gwen Riley Jones, Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, University of Manchester.

Detail of gold and black ink with hand colouring under raking light, from Attr. Hans Weiditz the Younger, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1519), 35.6 x 20.3 cm. Printed by Jost e Negker, Augsburg. British Museum, London, 1862, 0208.55. Image copyright of The Trustees of the British Museum. Image created by Gwen Riley Jones, Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, University of Manchester.

Detail of gold and black ink with hand colouring under raking light, from Attr. Hans Weiditz the Younger, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1519), 35.6 x 20.3 cm. Printed by Jost e Negker, Augsburg. British Museum, London, 1862, 0208.55. Image copyright of The Trustees of the British Museum. Image created by Gwen Riley Jones, Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, University of Manchester.

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Detail of colour woodcut from seven blocks under raking light, from Attr. Hans Weidlitz the Younger, Arms of Cardinal Matthāus Lang von Wellenburg (1520), 27.4 x 20.6 cm. Frontispiece to Liber selectarum cantionum, ed. Ludwig Senfl (Augsburg: Sigmund Grimm and Marx Wirsung, 1520). The British Museum, London, 1895, 0122.409. Image copyright of The Trustees of the British Museum. Image created by Gwen Riley Jones, Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, University of Manchester.

More on the techniques used by CHICC to reveal these exciting new discoveries in a post next week. But for now, read more about how the work of CHICC is underpinning activity at The John Rylands Research Institute – or ‘arts lab’ here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v525/n7569/full/525318a.html#close

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