Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination


24 x 17 cm
424 pp. 265 illus.
Publication: 2003
ISBN 1 899828 46 X
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 46 3

Book Description

The author is Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and a noted authority on Italian medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination. His numerous”publications include Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work, and he recently organized the exhibition The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550 at the Royal Academy of London.

The present volume presents a comprehensive selection of Professor Alexander’s papers on Italian manuscript illumination, from the medieval period through the Renaissance. These feature some of the most celebrated works of one of the great ages of book production.

A paper on marginal illustrations in Italian manuscripts is published here for the first time, and the older studies have been extensively revised and updated. There is a comprehensive index, and a new introduction by the author.


  • Introduction
  • A Virgil Illuminated by Marco Zoppo
  • The Provenance of the Brooke Antiphonal
  • Notes on some Veneto-Paduan Illuminated Books of the Renaissance
  • A Manuscript of Petrarch’s Rime and Trionfi
  • The Illustrated Manuscripts of the ‘Notitia Dignitatum’
  • The Illustrations of the Anonymous ‘De Rebus Bellicis’
  • Fragments of an Illuminated Missal for Pope Innocent VIII
  • Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections
  • A Manuscript of the Gospels from Sta. Maria in Trastevere, Rome
  • Initials in Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts: the Problem of the so-called ‘litera Mantiniana’
  • Illuminations by Matteo da Milano in the Fitzwillian Museum
  • The Livy (MS 1) illuminated for Gian Giacomo Trivulzio by the Milanese artist ‘B.F.’
  • A Fifteenth-century Italian Drawing inserted in a Valturius Manuscript
  • Matteo da Milano, Illuminator
  • Marginal Illustration in Italian Manuscripts
  • Illumination for Cardinal Antoniotto Pallavicini (1442-1507)
  • Additional Notes
  • Index

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