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The Art of All Colours

A study and catalogue of mediaeval artists' recipe books.

Mark Clarke's "The Art of All Colours" is a valuable source for all those interested in the techniques and practices of medieval artists.


It introduces the mediaeval recipe as a genre (their history, compilation, and transmission), and discusses their reliability as sources. The most important sources are introduced individually, with detailed descriptions and extracts. Finally, this book contains a catalogue of more than 400 manuscripts that contain such technical texts, many of them largely unknown. For all the manuscripts a full bibliography of published editions and translations is included.

Mark Clarke
The Art of All Colours: Mediaeval Recipe Books for Painters and Illuminators
London: Archetype Publications Ltd (2001)
ISBN 1873132727

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