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Open workshop: Writing with a Quill & Painting with Pigments

26 February 2023
14:00 - 16:30

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At the end of the Middle Ages, Brussels belonged to the rich and powerful Dukes of Burgundy. Skilled politicians and cultured patrons, they established a stirring treasure, a unique and fascinating collection of manuscripts: the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy. Many of these masterpieces have survived the ravages of time and of history. Today, they can be admired at the KBR museum. Combine your visit to the museum during the spring break with an open workshop in which you can do calligraphy like a medieval scribe or paint like a medieval miniaturist.


Paint like a miniaturist

In the workshops of medieval illuminators, there were no boxes of watercolors or tubes of gouache to be found. Instead, they made their colors from natural materials or with pigments from distant parts of the world. Discover how much fun it is to make paint from pigment powder and acacia gum and paint yourself a coat of arms or a detail from a manuscript.


Become a medieval scribe

With a quill in your hand, you will discover that writing letters can be quite an art! Limit the thickness of the lines, round off the letters neatly and don’t forget to avoid smudging… You will undoubtedly start to admire the artists who, centuries ago, created the calligraphy in the museum’s impressive manuscripts.


Practical information

  • When? Saturday 18 February from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 26 February from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where? In the atelier at the exit of the KBR museum
  • Price? Included in the price of your museum ticket
  • Who? Suitable for adults and children 8 years and older.

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