A Colored Copy

Click to EnlargeWhen a buyer in the late fifteenth-early sixteenth century purchased the Chronicle he had several options that no longer exist today. Perhaps the most important decision was whether to buy a colored or uncolored copy. An owner’s financial means played an important role in this decision since colored copies of the Chronicle cost approximately two to three times more than uncolored ones. If choosing to add color, one could purchase a copy of the Chronicle painted in the workshop or have one colored after the purchase by a highly paid inker of your choosing.

Click to EnlargeBeloit's copy, on the left, uses a limited color palette throughout. The paint employed is largely a translucent wash.