Bible of Borso d’Este


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Bible of Borso d’Este

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Bibbia di Borso d’Este – Bíblia de Borso d’Este – Bibel des Borso d’Este.
FEATURES – Codex (2 tomes) on parchment, 375 x 265 mm, 1208 pp.
ORIGIN – Italy: Ferrara.
CHRONOLOGY – 15th century: 1455-1461.
PATRONAGE AND OWNERS – The Bible was commissioned by Borso d’Este Duke of Modena and Reggio Emilia (1413-1471). In 1925 Giovanni Treccani bought it in Paris to prevent it from being bought by an American collector and donated it to the Kingdom of Italy.
GENRE – Christianity; Bibles / Gospels.
SCRIPT – Rotunda.
DECORATION – Sumptuously illuminated with scenes, historiated initials, medallions, and floral and geometric decorative motifs at the edges.
ARTIST – Taddeo Crivelli, Franco de Rossi, Giorgio D’Alemagna, Marco di Giovanni dell’Avogaro, Girolamo da Cremona.
STYLE – Renaissance.
EXTERNAL LINKS – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria: Ms. Lat. 422 and Ms. Lat.423.

Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles



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.
Publisher: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore (Modena, 1997).
Limited edition: 750 copies.
Commentary: Panini Silvia.

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