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MINIARE is a cross-disciplinary project using advanced methods in the physical sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences to examine artists’ materials and techniques in illuminated manuscripts.

It is led by the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books in collaboration with the Hamilton Kerr Institute and Cambridge University’s Departments of Chemistry, Physics, History of Art, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and History and Philosophy of Science. Combining Cambridge’s rich collections and world-class expertise, MINIARE brings studies of the artistic, cultural, political, social and economic environments in which the manuscripts were created together with non-invasive scientific analyses and cutting-edge technology.

MINIARE’s current focus is on Western European manuscripts produced between the 6th and the 16th century. This phase of the project is the research platform for a major exhibition of illuminated manuscripts which marks the bicentenary of the Museum’s foundation in 2016, COLOUR: The Art and Science of Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts (30 July - 30 December 2016).

Our vision is to establish a research and teaching centre for the technical analyses and inter-disciplinary study of works of art. We are seeking funding to foster collaborations with research institutions world wide, and to offer graduate courses, training new generations of scholars to bridge the divide between the arts and the sciences.

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