Codex Rustici

Florence (Italy) — Ca. 1444

Codex Rustici

Codex Rustici

Alternative Titles:
  • Codice Rustici: dimostrazione dell'andata o viaggio al Santo Sepolcro e al Monte Sinai di Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici
Codex Rustici – Biblioteca del Seminario Arcivescovile Maggiore (Florence, Italy)
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Short Description

The Codex Rustici, made by and named after the Florentine goldsmith Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici (ca. 1393–1457), is the account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land enriched with numerous illustrative watercolor and ink drawings. Of particular importance are the many detailed illustrations of religious and public buildings in Florence, especially the churches, and the bird's-eye view of the city. The drawings are of inestimable value for the reconstruction of the historical appearance of the city of Florence and, apart from that, are an aesthetic feast for the eyes.

Codex Rustici

Originally titled Dimostrazione dell'andata del Santo Sepolcro or “Demonstration of the Progress of the Holy Sepulcher”, this codex is also named after its author, the Florentine goldsmith Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici (ca. 1393–1457). Rustici is recorded as having produced some wonderful commissions like goblets, crosses, candlesticks, figures, and other devotional objects for various monastic institutions. Although principally a description of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the manuscript is most famous for its watercolors of Florence’s churches, monasteries, hospitals, etc. Precise information about both the author and the manuscript have proved to be elusive, but the pilgrimage and subsequent text are dated to somewhere between 1425 and 1450. The work is divided into three books, the first describes Florence and the surrounding territory, the second traces his journey down the Italian Peninsula, along the Grecian coast, and across the Aegean Sea to Cyprus, and the third then covers the journey to Africa, Egypt, Mount Sinai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, Samaria, and Galilee. Rustic not only wrote but illustrated the original codex, which provides a wonderfully detailed glimpse of Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean world in the 15th century.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Codice Rustici: dimostrazione dell'andata o viaggio al Santo Sepolcro e al Monte Sinai di Marco di Bartolomeo Rustici
Size / Format
568 pages / 41.8 x 28.6 cm
Date
Ca. 1444
Language
Illustrations
More then 100 drawings
Content
Description of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Artist / School

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Codice Rustici
Codex Rustici – Biblioteca del Seminario Arcivescovile Maggiore (Florence, Italy)
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Codice Rustici

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Leo S. Olschki – Florence, 2016
Limited Edition
10 copies
Binding
Brown leather with gold stamping.
More Information
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.
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