It's an announcement five years in the making: the Making and Knowing Project celebrates the publication of Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France. A Digital Critical Edition and English Translation of BnF Ms. Fr. 640.
The anonymous manuscript from 1580s Toulouse (France) includes over 900 “recipes” for colormaking, metal casting, and medical remedies—to name just a few. Created over the course of five years with the help of more than 400 students, scholars, artists, and researchers, the edition shares new insights into making and materials, from a time when artists were scientists. The Making and Knowing Project is lead by Center Founding Director Pamela Smith.
Learn more about the edition via our website and explore the open-access edition at edition640.makingandknowing.org.