Barbara Wolff – February 12, 2021

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Burnished gold, together with glowing jewel-like miniatures, defines illumination. The dictionary tells us that illumination means to “endow with brilliance and adorn with burnished gold and brilliant colors.”   New York artist Barbara Wolff, one of today’s foremost manuscripts illuminators, has exhibited at the Yeshiva University Museum, The Israel Museum, and most recently at the Morgan Library and Museum. She has produced several critically acclaimed films on the technique of manuscript illumination. She is known for her contemporary use of the artists’ techniques of the great illuminated Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.  In this presentation, Barbara demonstrates how she employs ancient methods and materials to create contemporary manuscripts. She covers gilding techniques, the uses of vellum, and the application of historical and modern pigments.