Pentecost (detail), about 1030–40, Unknown (Bavaria, Germany). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig VII 1, fol. 47v

Incorruptible Beauty: Gold and the Alchemy of Color in Illuminated Manuscripts


Museum Lecture Hall

Gold has come to epitomize the art of medieval manuscript painting, used not only for its incorruptibility, purity, and high value as a material but also for its spiritual connotations. By approaching this beguiling material in a survey of its various uses, application methods, and embellishment techniques, manuscripts conservator Nancy Turner highlights manuscripts from the Getty’s collection and surveys the variety of materials and methods employed by medieval illuminators. Complements the exhibition The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts.

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