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Re: Re: VMs: RE: Colored paints, touch-ups, and the michiton text
If two authors, one a mentor and the other a pupil had produced the VMS and
the mentor then died the pupil might not have had all the information
necessary to complete the colouring. This would have left the VMS as an only
partially coloured manuscript. When finished by the pupil it would still
have been only partially coloured.
A subsequent owner might have felt, as has been suggested, that the value of
an unfinished work would be diminished and attempted to fill in the blanks.
The question in my mind is not what the VMS looks like now, but which
colours were added when and by whom. I have an idea that I may know when the
secondary colours were applied and maybe where and by whom. I will be
pursuing this over the next few weeks and will post anything that I find.
Until then I will say no more. Sorry but without supporting evidence it
would just sound ridiculous.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jan" <hurychj@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: 02 July 2004 14:41
Subject: Re: Re: VMs: RE: Colored paints, touch-ups, and the michiton text
> Hello Rene,
> ======= At 2004-07-02, 01:13:00 you wrote: =======
> 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
> We may rather concentrate on the purpose of the pictures and the coloring
> Many parts, mainly stems, are not colored at all. They only have the color
> vellum underneath, so they look quite "transparent", even some blossoms.
> they may have been omitted for various reasons, but if it is
> a herbal, that would be inexcusable.
> In other places the color combinations are unreal. Considering he/they
> limited number of colors, it is partly understandable. But one would say
> colors were added just haphazard, keeping only some basic rules: leafs
> (or yellow, etc.), roots brown and blossoms in remaining colors. One can
> almost feel they were not meant to represent the real plants. Or if they
> the person filling the colors may have not seen the plants at all. Of
> may be the other purpose: instead of being pure decoration, the coloring
was supposed to hide something or simply confuse the casual viewer.
> We can go even further: some original plants have parts - or their
> that are simply looking unreal, even for a layman like me. It seems to me
the plants themselves were
> supposed to convey something else.
> The associated problem would be the text underneath the
> coloring - in how many instances it happens and what is the purpose of it?
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