Are you sure that the pictures were produced by way of tracing? Is there a
clear indentation in the surface of the parchment along the outlines, or
how do you otherwise deduce that the technique has been used?
If you are right is it VERY interesting - but remember that the presence of
identical patterns in medieval illumination more is the rule than the
The training of professional artists consisted mainly in practising the art
of copying from modelsheets, but I have never read about or seen any
miniatures where one could suspect the precedure you suggest (i.e. tracing
like children of today trace cartoons). It's very common to reproduce a
decorative detail again on the back of the page, when the ink and paint has
soaked through the parchment and is clearly visible. It will then be
reversed on the verso. But this is not what you are aiming at.
Most miniatures from the 13th cent. are covered by a thick layer of paint,
which normally would hide any traces of an indentation.
Please tell us more about exactly what you see on the originals regarding
the drawing technique, perhaps have we missed something here!
At 11:56 -0500 20/12/2000, Myra Struckmeyer wrote:
> Dear Listmembers, I am working on the production process of two
>moralized bibles, the Biblia de San Luis and the Oxford-Paris-London
>manuscript, both produced in Paris in the 1230's. The images seem to be
>copied from either a workshop model or each other by means of pressure
>tracing (they are nearly identical) . Does anyone know other examples
>where a similar method was used? You imput would be greatly appreciated!
> Myra Struckmeyer Dept. of History UNC Chapel Hill
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