La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri

La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri Facsimile Edition

Bergamo (Italy) — 1921

Calligraphy and watercolors: a rare work from the 20th century dedicated to Dante’s divine poetry

  1. A rare 20th century work presents the most sublime poetic composition by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

  2. It features watercolors by Vittorio Grassi, calligraphy Enrico Brignoli, and illumination by Nestore Leoni

  3. The codex was created in 1921 to commemorate the sixth centenary of Dante Alighieri's death

La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri

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La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri

Although Dante Alighieri is best known for his Divine Comedy, it is by no means his only work. Many lovers of Italian literature consider his La Vita Nuova to be an even greater achievement and has had a discernible influence on successive generations of artists. The specimen at hand is an extremely rare 20th century illuminated manuscript created by prominent Italian artists.

La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri

If the Divine Comedy represents the most complicated voluminous and famous of Dante’s works, La Vita Nuova is his most sublime poetic composition. The story of his love for Beatrice starting from their first encounter when she was only nine years old is described by Dante in pure Stilnovo and offers a poetic autobiography documenting young Dante’s adhesion to the ideals and spiritual evolution of the Stilnovo. In the past, La Vita Nuova has inspired many writers and artists, even if only one illustrated, full-color edition has been produced in the six centuries since its creation. In 1921, year of the sixth-centennial of Dante Alighieri’s death, three artists worked together to create what we can consider today to be a real and perhaps unique illuminated manuscript of the 20th century – La Vita Nuovaillustrated with forty original watercolors by Vittorio Grassi, entirely hand written by the calligrapher Enrico Brignoli, and decorated on every page by Nestore Leoni’s decorations.


Size / Format
136 pages / 41.0 × 31.0 cm
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
La Vita Nuova - Dante Alighieri Facsimile Edition
Vallecchi – Florence, 2003
Limited Edition: 2999 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 La Vita Nuova

Vallecchi – Florence, 2003

Publisher: Vallecchi – Florence, 2003
Limited Edition: 2999 copies
Binding: Blue silk with silver trim in a silk covered box
Commentary: 1 volume by Domenico De Robertis
Language: Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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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