Die Wiener Genesis: ein Beispiel für spätantikes Purpurpergament

Translated title of the contribution: The Vienna Genesis: An Example of Late Antique Purple Parchment

Christa Hofmann, Jiří Vnouček, Sophie Rabitsch, Maurizio Aceto, Maria João Melo, Antonia Malissa, Katharina Uhlir, Martina Griesser, Klaudia Hradil, Rudolf Erlach, Abigail Quandt, Junko Sonderegger, Sarah Fiddyment, Matthew Collins

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The investigation and conservation of the Vienna Genesis, a Late Antique manuscript on purple parchment, included the study of parchment production and purple dyeing in the sixth century. The process of parchment making and of purple dyeing was recreated and compared with the Vienna Genesis and other manuscripts from the sixth and eighth centuries. Parchment made from the hides of young lambs and dyed with orchil resembled the folios of the Vienna Genesis. The results of material analysis and the study of parchment technology influenced decisions for the conservation and storage of the manuscript. Fragile areas of ink and parchment were stabilised with strips of adhesive coated Japanese tissue paper. The single folios are stored in folders of Japanese paper and museum matboard within a sink mat.

Translated title of the contributionThe Vienna Genesis: An Example of Late Antique Purple Parchment
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)3-33
Number of pages31
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2022


  • orchil dye
  • parchment
  • purple dyed parchment
  • Vienna Genesis


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