~ ADVANCED STUDIES PROPOSAL ~
Project Name: Illuminated manuscript
Brief Description: This is a totally bonkers idea, but I love crazy ideas. I have an an essay to do for art school. It is only 1000-1500 words, but forms a significant part of one of my modules for this year. The brief is to take one piece of pre 1900 art and answer one of a set of questions. The question I am answering is ‘Discuss the materials and techniques used in making this work and comment on the status and value of the materials used, Support with historical evidence’
I love blue and I love lapiz lazui. Up until the 18C the ultramarine blue you see in paintings was often made from pure lapis. I decided to make the pigment from a stone and try it out and write about my findings (having okayed it with the prof) but from there I spiralled. I have made medieval ink in the past and one of this years resolutions is to practice hand lettering.
We are required to submit our work digitally but for fun (I have wierd ideas of what constitutes fun) I decided that it would be so cool to produce a copy of the essay in the form of a medieval illuminated manuscript. My reference for my essay is a 15c french illuminated page. My plan is to first write the essay normally and then to produce a copy as an illuminated manuscript. I will first learn how to do gothic textura script. Write out my essay, then add bits of gold leaf and then paint, I will copy the illustration from my reference piece-using the lapis lazuli paint. and add painted intitals for some of the letters and a painted border.
The essay is due in April, but I hope to hand it to my professor before then and hopefully watch her eyes pop out of her head.