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Detailed record for Additional 22333

Author Pietro Andrea Mattioli, Physician of Siena, assembled and illustrated by Gherardo Cibo
Title Paintings of flora of the Roman States with a letter to Gherardo Cibo
Origin Italy
Date c. 1564-1584
Language Italian
Script Italian cursive
Artists Gherardo Cibo (b. 1512, d. 1600) and his son Antonio (f. 58)
Decoration 63 full page framed botanical images in watercolour and gouache (on all rectos, ff. 4-54). Paintings and drawings of landscapes (ff. 59, 64, 65), sea life (f. 66), fruit (f. 60) and flowers (f. 61). A sketch for the vision of St Augustine (f. 58)
Dimensions in mm 340 x 225 (315 x 210)
Official foliation ff. 1-66 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 5 at the end, the first and last being pasted to marbled end-leaves + 15 unfoliated blank leaves, 1 following ff. 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 2 following f. 14, 1 following ff. 25, 30, 31, 33, 42, 52 and 57. ff. 3 and the following unfoliated leaf are in blue paper).
Form Paper codex
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Provenance ?Painted by Gherardo Cibo (b. 1512, d. 1600): a sketch for the vision of St Augustine with an inscription stating that it is copied from designs by Cibo's son (‘figliuolo’), Antonio (f. 58). Some of the drawings in Add MS 22332 are dated 1564-1584 and there is a date of 1597 on f. 185 (rear past-down).
Marchese Giovanni Battista Costabili Containi, and his grand nephew Marchese Giovanni Costabili Containi: their sale at William Boone, 27 June 1850, lot 2127 (a note on f. 1r of Additional MS 22332). Bought by the British Museum.
Notes The present manuscript and Add MS 22332 are a pair.
Gherardo Cibo was nephew of Caterina Cibo, Duchess of Camerino he oldest surviving herbarium (a collection of pressed and dried plants) is that of Gherardo Cibo, who began to collect plants at least as early as 1532 (Arber 1938). and he retired to Rocca Contrada in the Duchy of Urbino to study the fauna of the area and the conservation of botanical specimens.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum, 1854-1860 (London: British Museum, 1875), p. 634-35.

Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi, 'Gherardo Cibo: visions of landscape and the botanical sciences in a sixteenth-century artist', Journal of Garden History, 9.4 (1989), 199-216, (p. 201).

Arnold Nesselrath, Gherardo Cibo, alias Ulisse Severino da Cingoli: disegni e opere da collezioni italiane (Florence: S.P.E.S, 1989) [exhibition catalogue].

J. Bolten, 'Review: Gherardo Cibo, alias Ulisse Severino da Cingoli.', Master Drawings, 28.2, (1990), fig. 2.

Paula Finden, Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), pp 166-70, fig. 11.

Erma Hermans, 'A 17th century Italian treatise on Miniature Painting and its Authors' in Historical Painting Techniques, Materials and Studio Practice, Papers from the Leiden Symposium ed. by A. Wallert , E. Hermans and M. Peek, Leiden, 1995), pp. 48-57 (p. 53).

Gherardo Cibo : dilettante di botanica e pittore di "paesi" : arte, scienza e illustrazione botanica nel XVI secolo, ed. by Giorgio Mangani and Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi (Ancona, Italy : Il lavoro editoriale, c2013).


Images
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Plant sketch

f. 10
Plant sketch
Consolida Media

f. 38
Consolida Media
Asplenium hemonites

f. 51
Asplenium hemonites
 
Lichen

f. 55
Lichen
Seascape

f. 57
Seascape
Seascape

f. 59
Seascape
 
Landscape

f. 64
Landscape

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