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Title: Unveiling the underprintings of a late-fifteenth-early-sixteenth century illuminated French incunabulum by infrared reflectography
Authors: Miguel, Catarina
Bottura, Silvia
Ferreira, Teresa
Fialho Conde, Antónia
Barrocas-Dias, Cristina
Candeias, António
Keywords: Infrared reflectography
Book of Hours
Chemical analysis
Issue Date: Dec-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Catarina Miguel, Silvia Bottura, Teresa Ferreira, Antónia Conde, Cristina Barrocas Dias and António Candeias, Unveiling the Underprintings of a Late-fifteenth-early-sixteenth Century Illuminated French Incunabulum by Infrared Reflectography, J. Cult. Her. Volume (2019) 40, 34-42. doi:
Abstract: For the first time, IR reflectography was used for analysing the production technique of incunabula, unveil-ing impressive results concerning the identification of underprintings and the relation with its colouredilluminated representations. In this work, the procedures followed for producing a late-fifteenth-early-sixteenth century incunabulum produced in the Parisian workshop of Germain Hardouyn held by theBiblioteca Pública de Évora (Inc.438) were characterized by IR reflectography. Unexpected features con-cerning the creative process of the hand-coloured procedures were achieved, reflecting an illuminatorstrongly influenced by the devotions that were in fashion at the time, unlike the engraving plates usedon the incunabulum, whose representations faithfully followed the references of the Holy Scriptures.For the evaluation of the originality of the painted surfaces, a representative painted illustration — theAdoration of the Magi, f.11 — was full characterized using a microscopic and spectroscopic approach (OM,SEM-EDS, Raman microscopy, -FTIR). Three representative coloured-paints (white, blue and gilding) ofthe painted illustrations from the Adoration of the Magi (f.11), the Pietà (f.47v) and the Pentecost (f.65v)were characterized and compared to infer on the contemporaneity of these painted illustrations.
Type: article
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