Book of Hours of Cardinal Carafa


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Book of Hours of Cardinal Carafa

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Libro d’Ore del Cardinale Carafa – Libro de Horas de Cardenal Oliviero Carafa – Stundenbuch von Kardinal Carafa.
FEATURES – Codex on purple parchment, 140 x 90 mm, 398 pp.
BINDING – White leather binding. Gilded decorations and repository number within the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana on the spine.
ORIGIN – Italy.
CHRONOLOGY – 15th century.
PATRON – Cardinal Oliviero Carafa (Torre del Greco, 1430 – Rome, 1511). He was a member of the powerful Carafa family of Neapolitan nobility, and he had a deep interest in letters, the arts, and antiquity. His coat of arms appears on f. 1v.
CURRENT LOCATION – Vatican City State, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
GENRE – Christianity; Private devotional books.
CONTENTS – Calendar and prayers.
DECORATION – 8 full-page miniatures, initials decorated with floral motifs, decorated margins.
SCRIBE AND ILLUMINATOR – Bartolomeo San Vito (1433-1511).
STYLE – Renaissance.
EXTERNAL LINKS – Digital Vatican Library (digitized manuscript).

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Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the codicological characteristics of the original document. The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
PublisherArtCodex (Castelvetro di Modena, 2016).
Limited edition – 1059 copies.
Binding – Handmade leather binding, with gilded decorations on the spine.
Commentary (Italian) – Contents: p. 7 – I codici purpurei; p. 19 – I Libri d’Ore; p. 25 – Il miniatore e copista: Bartolomeo da San Vito; p. 41 – La committenza Carafa.
Slipcase – The facsimile and the commentary volume are presented in a handmade slipcase covered in artificial purple leather.

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