markey - current research

I am currently (Since 1 July 2002) a researcher at FOM-AMOLF in Amsterdam, where I am looking at recipe books for painters, and at non-destructive methods of analysis for pigments, having just finished six months as a guets researcher at the Instituut Collectie Nederland. Last year I completed my PhD in Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Pigments [-abstract-] at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Cambridge (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research & Corpus Christi College)

I am interested in works of art as physical objects, and in particular the technological history of artists' methods ("Technical Art History").

Conservation training has impressed on me the vital importance of developing non-destructive methods of analysis that may be used in situ on manuscripts and other artifacts.

I also research mediaeval recipes books for painters and illuminators, in particular the discrepancies between written recipes circulating in a given area at a given time, and actual workshop practice in that same culture.



Clarke, M. (2001) The Art of All Colours: Mediaeval Recipe Books for Painters and Illuminators,
    London, Archetype Books. why not order a copy:


Clarke, M. (2002) The Analysis of Medieval European Manuscripts,
    Reviews in Conservation, 2 pps. 3-18.

Clarke, M. (1999) Limitations of fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool for non-destructive
    in situ identification of organic pigments, dyes and inks

    'art 2002' (6th. International Conference of the Associazione
    Italiana Prove Non Destruttive Monitoraggio Diagnostica (AIPnD)
    on 'Non-Destructive Testing and Microanalysis for
    the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage'), Antwerp .

Clarke, M. and M. J. Meijers (2002 for 2000) Simplification of near-infrared visualisation techniques
    for identifying blue pigments in-situ on manuscripts Proceedings of the
    sixth international seminar on the care and conservation of manuscripts, The Royal Library,
    Copenhagen 19-20 October 2000.
    Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen, 2002 242-249 & Plates XVII - XIX.

Clarke, M. (1999) A new technique for the non-destructive identification
    of organic pigments, dyes and inks in-situ on early mediaeval manuscripts,
    using 3-D fluorescence reflectance spectroscopy     in
    "art '99": 5th International Conference on "Non-Destructive Testing
    and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural
    and Environmental Heritage", Rome, AIPnD (Associazione Italiana Prove Non Destruttive
    Monitoraggio Diagnostica) & I.C.R. (Central Institute for Restoration).

      In press

Clarke, M. (2002) The analysis of manuscript pigments - why, what and how
    Gazette du Livre Médiéval.

Clarke, M. (2002) 'Seeking the invisible: Forensic science at the Parker Library'
    Medieval Academy News.

Clarke, M. (2002) 'L'analyse, in situ, sans prelevement, des pigments
    des manuscrits mediaevaux: l'example des manuscrits Anglo-Saxonnes'

    [Chapter in forthcoming book:
    L'Archeometrie au service des Monuments et des Œuvres d'art,
    D. Allart & P. Hoffsummer (éd.)]

      PhD Dissertation

Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Pigments   - abstract -
    Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2001.

      MSc Dissertation

Mediaeval European purple pigments and their identification in situ on
    illustrated manuscripts; with special reference to 'Folium'
    De Montfort University, Lincoln and Leicester, 1997.

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