Polyphenols in Art

Illuminated in word and in image, medieval manuscripts are some of the most beautiful testimonies of our European past and may be at risk.

Chemistry will provide the fundamental knowledge to characterize the molecular structures that give substance to the writing inks and yellow paints, used in the medieval codex. In turn, accurate structures for iron gall inks will promote informed conservation strategies, filling the existing gap between scientific research and its application.

Overall, this research will lead to a better understanding of the materials used in many of our precious works of art and will promote advances in polyphenolic research. In the end, we want the community to appropriate this knowledge and to feel as though these works belong to them. In this way, we can assure sustainable preservation of our common European heritage.