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Take Verdigris, Lapis Lazuli and Crushed Beetles… This is not the recipe for some magic potion prepared at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is how the monastic scribes of medieval Ireland concocted the pigments they used so painstakingly to illuminate the calfskin folios of the Book of Kells. This exquisite manuscript takes pride of place at Trinity College, Ireland’s first university, founded by Elizabeth I of England four centuries ago.

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