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clericus = Mark Clarke

Dr Mark Clarke is an interdisciplinary researcher into historic artists' materials, especially paint, and in particular mediaeval paint. With a background in conservation and conservation science, he specialises in works of art as physical objects, or 'technical art history'. A particular interest is the materials and techniques of mediaeval European and Islamic manuscripts.

Working with the International Council of Museums (Conservation Committee) he co-founded the international working group on Art Technological Source Research, studying historical technical texts. He has made a particular study of artists' recipe books, and has published a study and extensive catalogue of mediaeval artists' recipe books The Art of All Colours, an edition and translation of the Montpellier Liber diversarum arcium, and an edited corpus of Middle English recipes for painters, stainers, scribes, and illuminators.

He is an invited associate professor of Technical Art History in the Department of Conservation and Restoration, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

About Mark Clarke

   Research and Expertise
   Contact: mark@clericus.org

Publications by Mark Clarke

   On the analysis of historic paint, on artists' recipe books, and others
   [Published]      [New in 2016]

Artists' Recipe Books

The Montpellier Manuscript     [Publication Details]

    "Liber diversarum arcium", a 14th century painter's manual

New publication 2016

The crafte of lymmyng and The maner of steynyng

   Middle English recipes for painters, stainers, scribes, and illuminators

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

   Invited Associate Professor, Technical Art History, Department of Conservation and Restoration

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

   Guest researcher, "The Co-Transmission of Mediaeval Paint Recipes as an Indicator of the Inter-Penetration of Colour Theory, Artists' Practical Knowledge and Domestic Science"

VLAC Fellowship

   Innovative adaptation by the "Flemish Primitives" of pre-existing techniques of oil painting, as revealed by artists' recipe manuscripts c.1350-c.1550

Impact of Oil

   A history of oil painting in the Low Countries and its consequences for the visual arts, 1350-1550

Art Technological Source Research

   International Council of Museums, Conservation Committee, Working Group ATSR

Winsor & Newton Project

   Database of 19th century commercial paint recipes

The "Secretum Philosophorum"

   The English 'Dangerous Book for Boys' of c.1300: the seven liberal arts made mechanical


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