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CODIKHUM : Studying inks in the books of the early modern period – CodikHum

Submission summary

The CodikHum project aims the development of new instruments for the study of ancient inks used on Renaissance documents, manuscripts or early printed books. 132/5000We wish to have specific tools for the study of the diffusion and reception of ancient works in the Renaissance. We also want to use these techniques to authenticate documents in the absence of verbal indications. The CodikHum project gathers three research teams in different scientific disciplines. These teams are used to work together, in a transdisciplinary way. CodikHum has several goals and steps to overcome. We want to increase the documentation available on older inks, build a larger corpus of analysis, find other methods to analyse inks and to establish their identity. At the end of the research, we also want to adapt the available material and miniaturize it. The project led to the drafting of a specification for the manufacture of a new tool which could then be industrialized.The methods used in the CodikHum program are based on spectrometry, colorimetry, ink surface analysis and microscopy. Each of the proposed methods has been tested, either in a corpus of pigments or inks, or on other materials. The corpus of the proposed analyzes will be extended not only to handwritten inks for which a relatively extensive bibliography is available, but also to the inks used by the first printers, much less well known. These analyzes, combined with those already done by the members of the consortium, make it possible to draw a panorama of Renaissance techniques used to write and print books. They also lay the foundation for a future database that is still to be established today.The project also includes a training component, the aim of which is to enable researchers from each of the scientific communities represented to better understand the radically different methods and protocols of disciplinary fields. It also includes a valorisation dimension to publicize the results of a survey which is of great technicality but concerns the very foundations of European thought of the Renaissance.

Project coordination

Marie-Elisabeth Boutroue (CESR)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.



Help of the ANR 359,002 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: November 2018 - 42 Months

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