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: email@example.com
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).
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.)]
Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Pigments
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Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2001.
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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