Triumphs by Petrarch: Florence Codex

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ms. Strozzi 174


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Triumphs by Petrarch: Florence Codex

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ms. Strozzi 174

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Francesco Petrarca, I Trionfi – Petrarch’s Trionfi – Triunfos de Petrarca – Triumphe: Florentiner Codex.
FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 230 x 145 mm, 102 pp.
BINDING – Binding of recent restoration (Florence, Masi, 2011).
ORIGIN – Italy: Florence.
CHRONOLOGY – Mid 15th century.
PATRONAGE – Unknown.
FORMER OWNERS – The coat of arms of the Bencivenni family appears on f. 15v. Two sixteenth-century notes of possession appear on f. 1r: «Di Matteo di Antonio Guerceti Cittadino Fiorentino»; and «All’Illustrissimo Magnifico […] Signor mio Osservandissimo il Signor Gio. Do(menic)o Ciancialomulini(?)». A third note of possession of the same century appears on f. 2r: «Di Cosimo Maliani». During the 17th century the codex became part of the collection of Carlo di Tommaso Strozzi (1587-1670). In the 18th century the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1765 to 1790) bought the codex.
CURRENT LOCATION – Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana.
GENRE – Literature.
CONTENT – The manuscript contains Triumphi by Petrarch, preceded by sonnets by Giovanni da Cascia (also Maestro Giovanni da Firenze), Coluccio Salutati, Butto da Firenze and Petrarch. A masterless sonnet appears at f. 8r.
LANGUAGE – Italian.
DECORATION – The portraits of Achilles and Polyxena, Solomon, Coluccio Salutati, Dante Alighieri, Boniface VIII, Petrarch e Giovanni Boccaccio appear at ff. 1v, 2v, 3v, 4v, 5v, 6v and 7v. A drawing at f. 8v probably represents the Triumphus Fame. 16 large to full-page miniatures of the Triumphi.
ARTIST – Due to an incorrect interpretation, the miniatures were attributed to the D’Ancona workshop. Today they are attributed to «Master of the Riccardian Virgil»: Apollonio di Giovanni (or Apollo di Giovanni) di Tomaso.
STYLE – Renaissance.

Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles

Petrarcas; di; Les Triomphes de Pétrarque; Los; Die


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 might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
PublisherArtCodex (Castelvetro di Modena, 2012).
Limited edition – 999 copies.
Writing material – Special aged like-parchment paper.
Binding – Cover of red full-grain calfskin, vegetable-tanned in a vat, with blind-stamping and gold embossing. Binding executed entirely by hand, with respect for the trimming of the pages and for the foliation.
Commentary (Italian) – Rao, Giovanna; Lazzi, Giovanna; Labriola, Ada.
Slipcase – The facsimile and the commentary are issued in a double compartment box.
ISBN – 978-88-6180-008-3 (commentary).

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