Multispectral imaging and manuscripts | Eric Weiskott

Interesting things going on in the use of technology in Manuscript Studies, as Erik Weiskott tells us:

“Debates in the field of manuscript studies often take the form of disputes over material details that are at least theoretically quantifiable: the curve of an ascender, the shape of a damaged leaf, the color of a paraph mark. Until recently, such debates were adjudicated entirely on the basis of comparison by human eyes. Paleographical and codicological research along these lines has been transformative: it remains the edifice on which rest all other forms of knowledge about medieval texts. Yet human eyes have scientifically well-understood limitations, especially as regards the perception of color. Recently, it has become possible to supplement the human eye with a digital one.”

 
Source: Multispectral imaging and manuscripts | Eric Weiskott

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