With miniatures by Bartolomeo di Fruisino: all 170 scenes from Dante's famous work in a refined 14th century manuscript

Guarneriana Divine Comedy

Florence (Italy) — ca. 1400

Guarneriana Divine Comedy

Guarneriana Divine Comedy

Florence (Italy) — ca. 1400

  1. The 14th century Florentine author Dante Alighieri (ca. 1265–1321) created the most important work of Italian literature

  2. This is a splendid Florentine manuscript prefaced by three splendid miniatures by Bartolomeo di Fruosino (1366/69–1441)

  3. It is both a fascinating addition to the Dante tradition and a glimpse into the process of creating illuminated manuscripts

Guarneriana Divine Comedy

Alternative Titles:
  • Dante Guarneriano: Bellezza in Codice
  • Göttliche Komödie - Codex Guarneriana
Guarneriana Divine Comedy  – ms. 200 – Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana (S. Daniele del Friuli, Italy)
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Short Description

Dante Alighieri achieved undying fame with his Divine Comedy, one of the most popular works of its day, which still regarded as one of the most important contributions to world literature. This Florentine manuscript is a wonderful addition to the Dante tradition, it also offers rare insights into the process of manuscript illumination because it is unfinished. Originating ca. 1400, the coveted codex features pen-and-ink drawings, historiated initials, as well as marginal notes and translations from successive owners.

Guarneriana Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) became one of the most important authors of world literature with his primary work, the Divina Commedia. 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 Glimpse of Florentine Manuscript Production

This specimen from ca. 1400 was once owned by Archbishop Giusto Fontanini (1666–1736) and is named after its repository in Florence’s Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana, where it is stored under the shelf mark ms. 200. It is a splendid Florentine manuscript written by the scribes Paolo Puccini and Pietro Bonaccorsi and is prefaced by three splendid miniatures by Bartolomeo di Fruosino (1366/69–1441), a masterful and influential Florentine illuminator of the 15th century. One of them depicts Dante in a historiated “N”-initial seated at his writing desk wearing red robes in the style of an Evangelist portrait. It is a work in progress with marginal notes and translations as well as numerous pen-and-ink drawings adorning the rest of the text, but most of the spaces for them have been left blank. It is both a fascinating addition to the Dante tradition and a glimpse into the process of creating illuminated manuscripts.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Dante Guarneriano: Bellezza in Codice
Göttliche Komödie - Codex Guarneriana
Date
ca. 1400
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Artist / School
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Dante Guarneriano: Bellezza in Codice
Guarneriana Divine Comedy  – ms. 200 – Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana (S. Daniele del Friuli, Italy)
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Dante Guarneriano: Bellezza in Codice

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Roberto Vattori Editore – Udine, 2014
Commentary
1 volume by Angelo Floramo
Language: Italian
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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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