Three weekly seminars on book conservation and historic bindings will be held in Patmos during September 2011 at a traditional stately Patmian house adjacent to the monastery of St John Theologian. The monastery itself preserves one of the most important monastic libraries of the Christian world, containing a wealth of Greek manuscripts, scrolls, and printed books.
Seminar 3 deals with all aspects of drawing, transferring, and painting an illumination on a prepared parchment folio. Following the traditional techniques of Byzantine illuminators and employing materials, inks and pigments as close to the original as possible, the participants can expect to become familiar with the process of preparing the parchment skins and painting illuminations, such as decorative headpieces. Several technical details pertaining to the facture of Byzantine illuminations will be discussed, alongside the aesthetics that rule their making, the particularities of the materials that affect their condition, and the requirements for their correct preservation.