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MINIARE (Manuscript Illumination: Non-Invasive Analysis, Research and Expertise) is a cross-disciplinary project headed by the Fitzwilliam Museum in collaboration with several Departments at the University of Cambridge and external partners.


Using a combination of non-invasive analytical and imaging methods, MINIARE undertakes technical analysis of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts to identify artists’ materials and techniques. The scientific results inform the study of the artistic, cultural, political, social and economic environments in which the manuscripts were created, taking into account trade routes, social and international mobility, intellectual and technological developments.

Making the most of Cambridge's exceptional collections and multidisciplinary expertise, MINIARE aims to bring the sciences, arts and humanities together in unprecedented and exciting ways.




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