Farnese Lectionary


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Farnese Lectionary

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Lezionario Farnese – Towneley Lectionary – Farnese-Lektionar – Leccionario Farnese.
FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 487 x 338 mm, 64 pp.
ORIGIN – Italy: Rome.
CHRONOLOGY – Mid 16th century.
PATRONAGE – Alessandro Farnese (1520-1589). He was called “Gran Cardinale” (Great Cardinal), because he was a man of enormous wealth and an enthusiastic patron of the arts.
FORMER OWNERS – Towneley family.
GENRE – Christianity; Liturgical books.
CONTENTS – Collection of scripture readings.
SCRIPT – Littera antiqua rotunda.
SCRIBE – The codex is the work of six scribes, two of whom are probably Giovan Francesco Cresci and Marc’Antonio Rossi.
DECORATION – 6 full-page miniatures (Nativity, Sermon on the mount, Command to St. Peter “feed my sheep”, Resurrection, Pentecost, Last Judgment); 6 miniatures of the Evangelists (St. Luke, St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. John); borders with designs and human figures.
ARTIST – Giorgio Giulio Clovio (Juraj Julije Klović), born in the Kingdom of Croatia in 1498. Giorgio Vasari refers to him as “piccolo e nuovo Michelagnolo”. He died in Rome on January 5, 1578. His tomb is in the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli, the church containing Michelangelo’s celebrated Moses.
STYLE – Renaissance.
EXTERNAL LINKS – The New York Public Library Digital Collections (digitized manuscript).

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Michelangelo Buonarroti; Lectionnaire Farnèse


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.
PublisherFranco Cosimo Panini Editore (Modena, 2008).
Limited edition – 550 copies.
Binding – Red velvet Neo-Gothic binding, with cornerpieces and clasps. Medallions on the boards enclose the coat of arms of the Towneley family, executed with porcelain.
Commentary (Italian) – Alexander, Jonathan J. G.; Barker, Nicholas; Calvillo, Elena M.; Wainwright, Clive; Towneley, Sir Simon.
Slipcase – Facsimile and commentary are presented in a cardboard box covered in canvas.

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