Illuminated Manuscripts

  • Evgenia Spinaki

The Fitzwilliam Museum, the museum of the spectacular collections of the University of Cambridge, created the ‘Illuminated Manuscripts’ project ahead of the Museum’s centenary exhibition in 2016. Keepthinking led the design and development of this digital platform, a multilayered digital resource to explore medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. It is a responsive website focusing on 20 illuminated manuscripts, each including multiple pages dealing with artists, patrons, subject matter, artist’s materials and techniques, and historical context. The website invites users to view multiple images within each manuscript, zoom in on details, discover drawings hidden beneath the painted surfaces, learn about the pigments and the advanced scientific methods used for their identification, and explore the relationships between scribes, artists and original owners.