Studies of Renaissance Miniaturists in Venice Vol I


24 x 17 cm
462 pp. 146 illus.
Publication: 2003
ISBN 1 899828 63 X
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 63 10

Book Description

Lilian Armstrong is Professor of Art at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and a specialist on Venetian Renaissance book illumination. She is the author of The Paintings and Drawings of Marco Zoppo and Renaissance Miniature Painters and Classical Imagery: The Master of the Putti and His Venetian Workshop, and she was a major contributor to the exhibition catalogue The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550 (ed. by Jonathan Alexander). Her publications have focussed particularly on the transition from illuminated manuscripts to the hand-illuminated early printed book in Venice.

The present volume collects Professor Armstrong’s papers on miniaturists active in Venice and Northern Italy in the 15th and early 16th centuries, and on the impact of the new invention of printing on these artists and their patrons. Included are papers on Marco Zoppo, primarily a monumental”painter, who nevertheless also painted in manuscripts and incunables. The studies variously identify miniaturists and designers of woodcuts through stylistic groupings, trace iconographic traditions for Pliny’s Natural History and Petrarch’s De viris illustribus, demonstrate the importance of heraldry for studying patronage of Venetian printed books, and explore the distribution of Venetian incunables throughout Europe based on analysis of their decoration.


  • Introduction
  • Copies of Pollaiuolo’s Battling Nudes
  • Two Notes on Drawings by Marco Zoppo
  • The Illustration of Pliny’s Historia naturalis in Venetian Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
  • The Illustration of Pliny’s Historia naturalis: Manuscripts before 1430
  • A Renaissance Flavius Josephus
  • The Agostini Plutarch: An Illuminated Venetian Incunable
  • Opus Petri: Renaissance Book Illuminations from Venice and Rome
  • II Maestro di Pico: un miniatore veneziano del tardo Quattrocento
  • The Impact of Printing on Miniaturists in Venice after 1469

See also:
Volume II

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