Petrarca: Trionfi - Berlin Codex

Petrarca: Trionfi - Berlin Codex – Edition Leipzig – Ms Phill. 1926 – Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin, Germany)

Probably Paris (France) — Ca. 1560

No longer Roman generals and soldiers, but love, chastity, and eternity as allegorical triumphators: Petrarch's poetic reinterpretation of ancient triumphal processions in the 14th century

  1. The highly popular work of poetry was written by the humanist scholar Francesco Petrarca (1304–74)

  2. It is concerned with allegorical figures like Love, Chastity, Glory, Eternity, Time, and Death

  3. This splendid French manuscript from ca. 1560 is embellished by 18 watercolor miniatures

Petrarca: Trionfi - Berlin Codex

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Petrarca: Trionfi - Berlin Codex

Trionfi or Triumphs by Petrarch is a series of poems evoking the Roman triumph, where a victorious general and their army paraded through Rome with their captives and spoils. Written in Italian, it was a popular humanist work consisting of twelve chapters concerning the triumphs of the allegorical figures Love, Chastity, Glory, Eternity, Time, and Death who conquer each other in turn before further triumphs are awarded to Time and Eternity. Originating from France ca. 1560, this splendid manuscript is embellished by 18 watercolor miniatures illustrating Petrarch’s text.

Petrarca: Trionfi – Berlin Codex

Francesco Petrarca (1304–74) was an Italian poet and historian. He is considered to be a founder of Renaissance humanism and, along with Dante Alighieri and Boccaccio, one of the most important representatives of early Italian literature. The term Petrarchism comes from his names, which designated a widespread school of thought within European love poetry up to the 17th century. His works have influenced world literature over the centuries.
The triumphs celebrated by victorious Ancient Roman generals continued to be imitated during the Middle Ages, especially in Italy. Petrarch’s Triumphs, whose Italian name reads Trionfi, are a famous example of the poetry of Petrarch and the full title of this French translation of the work is Les six triumphes et les six visions Messire Francoys Petrarque. It is a fine work of the French Renaissance that is adorned with 18 watercolor miniatures.

An Allegorical Triumph

The Trionfi, one of the most popular poems worldwide, are a tale of the triumph of the good and the beautiful. Six triumphs that were sung about include, the triumph of love, of chastity, of fame, of time, the triumph of death over time, and the triumph of eternity. The central theme of the work would be familiar to a medieval audience: the journey of man from a state of sin to redemption. As such, it can be compared with allegorical works such as the Roman de la Rose or the Divina Commedia, with which it shares a similar voyage structure. The work has been praised for its lyrical achievements and the introspective look into the poet’s feelings that it offers to the reader.


Alternative Titles
Petrarca: Trionfi - Berliner Codex
Die Sechs Triumphe und die sechs Visionen des Herrn Francesco Petrarca
Triumphs of Petrarch
I trionfi di Petrarca
Size / Format
54 pages / 19.5 × 13.0 cm
Ca. 1560
Humanistic cursive
18 aquarelle miniatures
Facsimile Editions

#1 Die Sechs Triumphe und die sechs Visionen des Herrn Francesco Petrarca: das Manuskript Ms Phill. 1926 aus dem Bestand der Deutschen Staatsbibliothek Berlin

Edition Leipzig – Leipzig, 1988

Publisher: Edition Leipzig – Leipzig, 1988
Commentary: 1 volume
Language: German
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.
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