Warburg Institute Colloquia 28

 

Warburg Institute Colloquia 28

Palaeography, Manuscript Illumination and Humanism in Renaissance Italy: Studies in Memory of A. C. de la Mare

Edited by Robert Black, Jill Kraye and Laura Nuvoloni

The Warburg Institute, London, xiii + 475 pp. 102 black & white illustrations, 16 colour plates. Price £60

ISBN 978–1–908590–51–0

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Albinia de la Mare (1932–2001), OBE, FBA, Professor of Palaeography at King's College London, was one of the last century's outstanding palaeographers and the world's leading authority on Italian Renaissance manuscripts.  In November 2011 a conference was held at King's College and the Warburg Institute to honour her memory, and this volume offers revised versions of most of the papers read on that occasion, as well as three additional contributions.  Tilly de la Mare had exceptionally wide interests, including key individuals involved in manuscript and literary production, as represented here by studies on Vespasiano da Bisticci, Sozomeno da Pistoia, Matteo Contugi da Volterra, Lorenzo di Francesco Guidetti, Giorgio Antonio Vespucci, Bartolomeo Sanvito, Bartolomeo Varnucci, Francesco Petrarca, Pier Candido Decembrio, Leonardo Bruni and Marsilio Ficino.  Important themes in the history of palaeography – the emergence of humanist script; the relationship between script and illumination; the competing methods of palaeography and philology; the social, political, academic, geographical and cultural contexts of manuscript copying and production; and the role of palaeography in the transmission of classical texts – were also in the compass of her scholarship and are treated in this collection.  The volume concludes with sixteen colour plates and indices of manuscripts, incunabula and names.

 

Contents

 

            I. Albinia C. de la Mare

Vincenzo Fera: L’umanesimo di Albinia C. de la Mare

Concetta Bianca: Albinia C. de la Mare (biblioteche senza inventario)

           

            II. Vespasiano da Bisticci

Luca Boschetto: Letteratura, arte e politica nella Firenze del Quattrocento. La collaborazione tra Vespasiano e Manetti per l’Oratio funebris di Giannozzo Pandolfini

Wi-Seon Kim: Vespasiano da Bisticci: un cartolaio dissenziente nella Firenze del Quattrocento

           

            III. Palaeography

Teresa De Robertis: I primi anni della scrittura umanistica. Materiali per un aggiornamento

Irene Ceccherini: Codicologia dei manoscritti della prima età umanistica: i libri di Sozomeno da Pistoia

Stefano Zamponi: Aspetti della tradizione gotica nella littera antiqua

Gabriella Pomaro: Copisti stranieri in Italia nei sec. XIV e XV in Codex – Inventario dei Manoscritti Medievali della Toscana

Giliola Barbero: Manoscritti e scrittura in Lombardia nel secondo quarto del secolo XV

 

            IV. Scribes

David S. Chambers: Matteo Contugi of Volterra (d. 1493): Scribe and Secret Agent

Lorenz Böninger: The Ricordanze of Lorenzo di Francesco Guidetti: Manuscript Production and Circulation

Karl Schlebusch: Giorgio Antonio Vespucci: 1434–1514

Xavier van Binnebeke: Additions to the Latin Library of Giorgio Antonio Vespucci

Laura Nuvoloni: Bartolomeo Sanvito and Albinia C. de la Mare

 

            V. Manuscript Illumination

Jonathan J. G. Alexander: Scribes and Illuminators in Italian Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts: Cooperation and Overlaps

Giordana Mariani Canova: La dimensione accademica della miniatura del Rinascimento a Padova

Angela Dillon Bussi: Albinia C. de la Mare, Vespasiano da Bisticci e la miniatura: il caso di Bartolomeo Varnucci

 

            VI. Humanism

Silvia Rizzo: Il copista di un codice petrarchesco delle Tusculanae: filologia vs paleografia

Stephen Oakley: The ‘Puccini’ Scribe and the Transmission of Latin Texts in Fifteenth-Century Florence

Mirella Ferrari: Umanisti italiani nel fondo Burney della British Library: autografi di Pier Candido Decembrio

James Hankins: Latin Autographs of Leonardo Bruni

Sebastiano Gentile: Nuove considerazioni sullo ‘scrittoio’ di Marsilio Ficino: tra paleografia e filologia