Created by the Gerona Master: elegant Gothic figures and influences from Byzantine illumination in a golden masterpiece

Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes

Bologna (Italy) — Late 13th century

Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes

Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes

Bologna (Italy) — Late 13th century

  1. The 13th century manuscript by the Gerona Master splendidly conveys the legends of both saintly virgins

  2. The so-called Gerona Master and his circle produced some of the most coveted Gothic manuscripts

  3. Byzantine influences like burnished gold backgrounds blend with elegant Gothic figures in the miniatures

Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes

Alternative Titles:
  • Le Leggende di S. Margherita e S. Agnese
  • Legenden der Heiligen Margareta und Agnes
  • Legends of Saints Margareta and Agnes
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

This manuscript of the Legends of Saint Margaret and Saint Agnes was made by the so-called Gerona Master in 13th century Italy. The work conveys the legends of both saintly virgins and is adorned with picture scenes with gold backgrounds. The Gothic manuscript is clearly influence by the Byzantine style of illumination.

Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes

The Italian illumination of the Middle Ages produced some of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts of Europe. Numerous famous masters created their works here, which served artists as templates worldwide. The so-called Gerona Master and the circle of young artists that had formed around him produced some of the most coveted Gothic manuscripts. Among these was also the breathtaking work that combined the saint’s legends of Margareta and Agnes. The gorgeous codex is furnished with 33 full-page miniatures and numerous colorful decorative initials.

Patron Saints of Women

Little is known from the lives of both St. Margareta and St. Agnes. In the Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes, which tells of their lives, it is recorded that both of them devoted their lives to Jesus Christ and remained virgins. They attracted attention and lust to themselves from powerful men, nevertheless they remained steadfast in their faith. For this reason they were taken prisoner, tortured, and suffered terrible agonies. Both died a martyr’s death. Margareta was deemed a patron saint for delivering women and difficult births after her death, Agnes as the patron saint of all children. The splendid codex of Gerona was produced at the end of the 13th century for a lordly milieu was dedicated to Ana, a lady in blessed circumstances, as a wish for a good pregnancy.

Filigree Decoration

The beautiful Italian codex is adorned with 33 full-page illustrations. The vivid, colorful scenes are found against a background of 23 carat gold leaf. Light, elegant figures move before relief-like background scenes. The high-quality painting clearly demonstrates Byzantine stylistic elements, which were commonly reproduced in the art of the 13th centuries. Alongside the graceful picture scenes, text pages of the work are embellished with countless filigree initials in red and blue colors. The work represents a true feast of the senses for the eye of each beholder. The original codex is found today in the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Le Leggende di S. Margherita e S. Agnese
Legenden der Heiligen Margareta und Agnes
Legends of Saints Margareta and Agnes
Size / Format
122 pages / 14.5 x 10.3 cm
Date
Late 13th century
Style
Gothic
Language
Illustrations
33 full-page miniatures and innumerable filigree capitals in blue and red colors
Artist / School

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes“

Le Leggende di S. Margherita e S. Agnese
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
Legends of Saint Margareta and Saint Agnes – ms. Ricc. 453 – Biblioteca Riccardiana (Florence, Italy)
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Le Leggende di S. Margherita e S. Agnese

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
ArtCodex – Modena, 2008
Limited Edition
999 copies
Binding
Blue velvet with gold and silver fittings, lapis lazuli stone on the cover center
Commentary
1 volume by Giovanna Lazzi
Language: Italian
More Information
23 carat fine gold on CartaPergamena
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