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Re: VMs: RE: Colored paints, touch-ups, and the michiton text

Hi everyone,

At 01:13 02/07/2004 -0700, Rene Zandbergen wrote:
Although it isn't really good form to quote a post
of someone else, just to add 'I agree', I thought
I'd make an exception.
I fully aree with GC's assessment here. Even
if some colour may have been applied later,
we can't really make too much from that. It may
even have been someone else than the writer,
just a couple of days later (just to give one

I completely agree that a small amount of the colouring was done by the original outline artist - for example, I've flagged the nymphs' cheeks and mouths as being original features right from the start. I also suspect that the red/yellow starred paragraphs were originally coloured too (with the yellow faded away somewhat relative to the red).

To my eyes, the herbal and balneo sections look overwhelmingly over-painted: the central zodiac figures may well be overpainted too. However, note that the "Regulus" nymph has a faded red crown, which I suspect was an original colour (though I have no proof).

Who coloured the pharma section? Or the cosmo section? Or the nine rosette page? If we ask ourselves a series of very specific questions like these, perhaps we can reach more of a consensus than the more conservative might think possible.

At the very least, we can point to an original artist (careful, precise, thoughtful) and an overpainter (careless, unconcerned, thoughtless) here: and we should be able to identify the exact palette of colours each had, surely?

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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