Deliberate created imperfection. The most astonishing trompe l’oeil effect I’ve ever seen! Half a year ago I browsed the very rich resources of gallica.fr with digitized manuscripts from the Bibliothèque national in Paris and other French institutions. At once I saw the holes and stitches in this book of hours, but they’re no real holes. It’s not the bad quality of the parchment we look at but the brilliant craftsmanship of a medieval illuminator who executed this book for frederic of Aragon in the years 1501-1502. It’s deliberate created imperfection and so it’s perfection on parchment! ParisBN Latin10532
Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou’s photographs of the people of Porto-Novo, Benin (formerly Republic of Dahomey) are drawn from street life, his friends, family and studio customers. Benin is all about colour – Porto Novo is like a visual assault.In Leonce’s impressive portraits, wild combinations of locally designed Dutch imported textiles create extreme gradations between background, foreground, person and clothing. Leonce is part of a generation experiencing rapid change and his photographs capture the energy and unfettered zest for life of a people caught between tradition and progress.
From the earthy mineral pigments ground from azurite to paint a sky, to paper given its luster from yak brains, the creation of Tibetan Buddhist texts is being examined down to its bare materials at the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.