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I've begun to research metalpoint as a drawing technique. As far as I can tell, metalpoint was not used for drawing until the Renaissance but was possibly used for writing before that. I'd like to be able to document its early uses, if possible (scribal or artistic). I've read in a number of places that various metals were used as far back "antiquity" in Rome and possibly Greece. One silverpoint site mentions the Greek poet "Thessalonika."

Can anybody help me? Point me to sources that are a bit more solid than what I've found? Names? Places? Dates?

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Date:April 3rd, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about metalpoint, but Thessalonika is a place in Greece (=Saloniki). I doubt there was ever a poet of that name.
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Date:April 4th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks. I knew the name was incomplete. Googling led me to Wikipedia and a couple of stubs for "so and so's" of Thessalonika. Everything's very fuzzy and inexact. One site contended that the richest of folks might use gold, less rich, maybe silver and so on. It's all presented as "true facts" that everybody knows. Oh, well, this is all very preliminary right now. Who knows what I'll eventually dig up. Thanks again.
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