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Alternative titles
Codice Resta – Galleria Portatile.
Physical features
Codex on paper, dimensions 523 x 385 mm, 234 pages.
Binding
Red morocco binding.
Origin
Italy. The codex was bound in the 17th century, but includes drawings from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
Provenance
The codex was made by Sebastiano Resta (b. 1635, d. 1714). Resta distinguished himself as one of the most important art collectors of the 17th century. Born into a noble family in Milan and passionate about art from his youth, he moved to Rome in 1661, where he forged ties with renowned artists such as Carlo Maratta (b. 1625, d. 1713) and Giovanni Pietro Bellori (b. 1613, d. 1696). His passion for art led him to devote himself fervently to collecting works, especially drawings and paintings. In 1706, the codex was sold to Cardinal Giberto Bartolomeo Borromeo (b. 1671, d. 1740).
Present repository
Milan, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
Genre
Treatises / Secular booksArt / Drawing.
Content
The volume is a collection designed by Sebastiano Resta, comprising drawings assembled and bound together with annotations on each page by Resta himself. It was conceived as a true travelling museum, allowing viewers to admire the artistic excellence of different schools, including the Florentine, Roman, Lombard and Venetian schools. This is why Resta called it a Galleria Portatile (Portable Gallery).
Language
Italian.
Scribe
Sebastiano Resta.
Artists
Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), Masaccio (b. 1401, d. 1428), Piero della Francesca (b. 1415, d. 1492), Giovanni Bellini (b. 1430, d. 1516), Pietro Perugino (b. ca. 1450, d. 1523), Filippo Lippi (b. ca. 1406, d. 1469), Raffaellino del Garbo (b. 1466, d. 1527), Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475, d. 1564), Sandro Botticelli (b. ca. 1445, d. 1510), Donato Bramante (b. 1444, d. 1514), Tiziano Vecelli (b. ca. 1489, d. 1576), Albrecht Dürer (b. 1471, d. 1528), Dosso Dossi (b. ca. 1489, d. 1542), Daniele da Volterra (b. ca. 1509, d. 1566), Raffaello Sanzio (b. 1483, d. 1520), Perino del Vaga (b. 1501, d. 1547), Baccio Bandinelli (b. 1493, d. 1560), Baldassarre Peruzzi (b. 1481, d. 1536), Rosso Fiorentino (b. 1495, d. 1540), Raffaellino del Colle (b. 1490, d. 1566), Giulio Mazzoni (b. 1525, d. 1618), Giorgio Vasari (b. 1511, d. 1574), Francesco Brizio (b. 1574, d. 1623), Andrea Mantegna (b. ca. 1431, d. 1506), Antonio da Correggio (b. 1489, d. 1534), Parmigianino (b. 1503, d. 1540), Federico Barocci (b. ca. 1535, d. 1612), Tintoretto (b. 1518, d. 1594), Bernardino Luini (b. ca. 1481, d. 1532), Aurelio Luini (b. ca. 1530, d. 1593), Giulio Campi (b. 1502, d. 1572), Taddeo Zuccaro (b. 1529, d. 1566), Federigo Zuccaro (b. ca. 1540, d. ?), Cavalier d’Arpino (b. 1568, d. 1640), Hendrick Goltzius (b. 1558, d. 1617), Agostino Carracci (b. 1557, d. 1602), Annibale Carracci (b. 1560, d. 1609), Lodovico Carracci (b. 1555, d. 1619), Guido Reni (b. 1575, d. 1642), Domenichino (b. 1581, d. 1641), Guercino (b. 1591, d. 1666), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (b. 1598, d. 1680).
Style
RenaissancePost-Renaissance.

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FACSIMILE EDITIONS

Codice Resta

Publisher – Vallecchi (Florence, 2003).
Limited edition – 1000 copies.
Type of reproduction – Colour reproduction of one or more portions of the original document – the facsimile reproduces only 100 plates of the original document.
Binding – Leather binding with gold tooling. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Commentary – Italian and English. Preface by Gianfranco Ravasi (Prefect of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana), introduction by Salvatore Italia (Director General at the Ministero dei Beni Culturali).
ISBN/EAN – 8884270618 / 9788884270610.

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Cento Tavole del Codice Resta

Publisher – Amilcare Pizzi (Milan, 1955).
Limited edition – 2030 copies.
Type of reproduction – Colour reproduction of one or more portions of the original document – the facsimile reproduces only 100 plates of the original document.
Binding – Leather binding with gold tooling. The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Commentary – Italian, French, English, and German.

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