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Manuscript - Sonnets and Triumphs
  • Sonnets and Triumphs
    Sanvito, Bartolomeo, born 1435 - died 1511
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Sonnets and Triumphs

  • Object:

    Manuscript

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1463-1464 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sanvito, Bartolomeo, born 1435 - died 1511 (written)
    Petrarca, Francesco, born 1304 - died 1374 (author)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour pigments, gold and ink on parchment.
    Binding : Calf leather over wooden boards

  • Museum number:

    MSL/1947/101

  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Physical description

Foliation: 188 (foliated X, 1-187) + i (16th -century parchment) ff.
Number of lines: 30 lines
Language: Italian
Script: Cursive humanistic script

Textual content:
ff. 1r-7r: List of first lines of verses for the Canzionere (Sonnets)
ff. 7v-9r: Blank; f. 7v ruled
ff. 9v-105v: First part of the “Canzoniere, Rime in vita”, headed on f. 9v in capitals written in gold as an inscription on a funerary monument FRANCISCI PE/TRARCAE FLO/ RENTINI POETAE/ EXCELLENTISS’/ RHYTMI INCI/PIUNT.
ff.106r-146v: Second part of the “Canzoniere, Rime in morte”.
ff. 147r-149r: Blank
ff. 149v-187r: The Trionfi of Petrarch
f. 187v: Ruled but blank

Decoration:
5 full-page miniatures: A classical funerary monument on parchment stained yellow (f. 9v), a classical architectural frame (f. 10r), a classical funerary monument, with a picture representing the death of Laura (f. 106r), the Triumph of Love on parchment stained purple (f. 149v.), a classical architectural frame on a shaded green ground (f. 150r).

8 historiated initials: faceted V with two rabbits in a landscape (f. 10r), decorated initial I with black scrolls (f. 106r), faceted N with a deer (f. 150r), historiated faceted initial Q with the Triumph of Chastity, a woman in classical dress shooting with bow and arrow at a fleeing Cupid (f. 162r),historiated faceted initial Q with the Triumph of Death : a woman in classical dress crawling on the ground besides two panning horses and a broken chariot (f. 166r), historiated faceted initial D enclosing the Triumph of Fame, a woman in classical dress standing on a horse blowing a trumpet (f. 175r), a historiated faceted initial D enclosing the Triumph of Time, a nude figure, winged, holding a staff in left hand and a winged serpent biting its tail in right hand (f.182r) , historiated faceted initial D enclosing the Triumph of Divinity, the face of God the Father above the dove of the Holy Spirit and the heads of two angels (f. 184v).

4-line initial in burnished gold on blue at the beginning of each paragraph and each sonnet.
Coloured and gold capital letters for the first full page of the Rime, and of the Trionfi.

Binding:
1) 16th century, done in Rome, ca. 1515-1525: sewn on four cords, vellum pastedowns, calf over wooden boards, blind tooling, traces of gilt between the tool impressions; centrally impressions of plaquettes (on top cover, Septimius Severus, on lower cover, Diana with diadem). Roger Powell mentions vestiges of green silk under white laid-paper pastedowns which may have belonged to an original 15th-century binding or wrapping.
2) 19th century (?), repair: sewn on three recessed cords, spine re-backed in calf, with five false raised cords with blind tooling.
3) 1980, England, rebound by Roger Powell

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1463-1464 (made)

Artist/maker

Sanvito, Bartolomeo, born 1435 - died 1511 (written)
Petrarca, Francesco, born 1304 - died 1374 (author)

Materials and Techniques

Colour pigments, gold and ink on parchment.
Binding : Calf leather over wooden boards

Dimensions

Height: 230 mm, Width: 140 mm, Height: 165 mm Written area, Weight: 85 mm written area

Object history note

Object History note
1) Collection of Charles William Dyson Perrins (1867-1958), with his circular printed label inscribed “no. 135”, inside lower cover.
2) Bought by the National Art Library, at the instigation of James Wardrop (1905-1957) at the Dyson Perrins sale, Sotheby’s, London, 16 December 1946, lot 560.

Descriptive line

Manuscript, Sonnets and Triumphs, by Petrarch, Italy, Padua, ca. 1463-1464.

Materials

Ink; Pigments; Gold; Parchment; Calf; Wood

Techniques

Illumination

Categories

National Art Library; Books; Manuscripts; Medieval and renaissance; Literature

Production Type

Unique

Collection

National Art Library

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