Codex Filippino of the Divine Comedy

Codex Filippino of the Divine Comedy

Naples (Italy) — 1350

Originating from Naples, equipped with 146 medium-sized miniatures for the Divine Comedy: one of the oldest and most important manuscripts of the Dante tradition

  1. Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) is a giant of world literature with a discernible influence on successive generations

  2. This manuscript originated in Naples ca. 1350 with 146 mid-sized miniatures by a Florentine artist

  3. It was likely commissioned by a member of the Poderco or Polderico family, whose coat-of-arms appears on the first page

Codex Filippino of the Divine Comedy

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Codex Filippino of the Divine Comedy

This is one of the oldest surviving specimens of the magnum opus by Dante Alighieri, originating from Naples ca. 1350. It is a richly-illuminated luxury manuscript of the Divine Comedy produced for a wealthy patron by a Florentine artist. 146 mid-sized miniatures help the reader to figuratively interpret events.

Codex Filippino of the Divine Comedy

The most important southern Italian manuscript of the famous Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), a giant of both Italian and world literature. Originating in the early Trecento and completed in the year 1321, the Divine Comedy is of exceptional significance for Italian literary history. Together with the Roman poet Virgil (70–29 BC), he traverses Hell, ascends the mountain of Purgatory, and finally enters Paradise. During this excursion, he meets approximately 600 souls from mythology, poetry, and history, who have to endure various punishments in Hell or dwell in Heaven, each in accordance with their own deeds. The tale enjoyed an extensive reception and has influenced men of letters, artists, and other creative types up to today.

A Neapolitan Dante Manuscript

The Codex Filippino is stored under the shelf mark MS. CF 2 16 and is named after its repository, the Biblioteca Oratoriana dei Girolamini of Naples, also known as the “Filippini” after the founder of the Congregation of the Oratory – Filippo Romolo Neri (1515–1595). It originated in Naples ca. 1350, making it one of the oldest Dante manuscripts, and is adorned with 146 mid-sized miniatures by a Florentine artist that help the reader to figuratively interpret events. Thick sets of marginal notes from several hands also append the manuscript. It was originally created as a luxury manuscript, possibly for the Poderco or Polderico family, whose coat-of-arms appears in the lower part of the frieze that frames the first page of the codex.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Göttliche Komödie - Codex Filippino
Origin
Italy
Date
1350
Style
Language
Illustrations
146 medium-format miniatures

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Filippino of the Divine Comedy  – MS. CF 2 16 – Biblioteca Oratoriana dei Girolamini (Naples, Italy)
Salerno Editrice – Rome, 2001
Limited Edition: 699 copies (55 in Roman numerals)
Facsimile Editions

#1 Il Codice Filippino della Commedia di Dante Alighieri

Salerno Editrice – Rome, 2001

Publisher: Salerno Editrice – Rome, 2001
Limited Edition: 699 copies (55 in Roman numerals)
Commentary: 1 volume by Andrea Mazzucchi, Giancarlo Savino, Alessandra Periccioli Saggese
Language: Italian
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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