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October 21 2012

Cambridge University sheds light on illuminated manuscripts

Conservators and scientists studying illuminated manuscripts in Cambridge say their work could help uncover ancient techniques used by artists.

The Fitzwilliam Museum worked with scientists at Cambridge University to analyse the composition of manuscripts.

Fibre optic and X-ray technology was used to analyse pigments and reveal sketches beneath the paintings.

The museum said it could provide insights into their production and help conservators repair "priceless" art.

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