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Detailed record for Additional 46365A

Title Cutting possibly from the Notitia Dignitatum
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date c. 1480 - c. 1485
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Artists Attributed to Gaspare da Padova (also known as Gaspare Padovano, Gaspare Romano and the Master of the Vatican Homer) (active Rome, 1466/67- c. 1493)
Decoration 1 full-page miniature in colours and gold, of Urbs Roma, in military dress, seated upon a pile of armour, holding a broken sword and a figure of winged Victory, flanked by the letters 'S' and 'C', and enclosed within an architectural roundel and frame.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 210
Official foliation Parchment cutting in a window mount, foliated as 'A'.
Form Parchment cutting in a window mount, kept in a box with other cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance King Alfonso II of Naples (d. 1495) (see Bauer-Eberhardt 1989).
Inscribed in 19th-century hand on verso, 'J. M. W. 1856 / I. Lwe / "School of Leonardo da Vinci/ Very fine miniature"'.
John Malcolm of Poltalloch (b. 1805, d. 1893), art collector and landowner: ink stamp on verso 'Malcolm Collection / B.M'.; acquired between the first publication of the catalogue of his collection in 1869 and the second edition of 1876 (see Robinson 1876).
Acquired by the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum on 5 September 1895: ink stamp on verso.
Transferred to the Department of Manuscripts in 1947.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting is boxed with Add. 46365B-D. To see this cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 46365.
This cutting was probably the model for a similar representation of Rome in Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, ms. Clm 11324, f. 2v, a copy of Flavio Biondo's Decades written in Naples in 1494 by Giovanmarco Cinico, and iluminated by Joan (or Giovanni) Todeschini (active Naples, c. 1485- c. 1500 and in France c. 1500- c. 1510) for King Alfonso II of Naples (d. 1495) (see Bauer-Eberhardt 1989).
Select bibliography The British Library Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1951-1955 (London: British Library, 1982), pp. 56-57.

J. C. Robinson, Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters: Forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq., 2nd edn. (London: Chiswick Press, 1876), p. 277, app. ii, no. 4.

Harold Mattingly, Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, 6 vols (London: British Museum, 1923-62), 2: Vespasian to Domitian (1930), pl. 25.6.

U. Bauer-Eberhardt, 'Lauro Padovano und Leonardo Bellini als Maler, Miniatoren und Zeichner', Pantheon, 47 (1989), 49-82 (pp. 56 fig. 12, 61, 70-71, cat. no. 21).

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections', in La Miniatura Italiana tra Gotico e Rinascimento: atti del II Congresso di Storia della Miniatura Italiana, Cortona, 24-26 settembre 1982, ed. by Emanuela Sesti (Florence: Olschki, 1985), 99-126 (p. 101, fig. 2), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 22-54, 382-84 (pp. 27-28, fig. 2).

The Painted Page: Italian Renaissance Book Illumination 1450-1550, ed. by Jonathan J. G. Alexander (London: Prestel, 1994), p.138.

J. J. G. Alexander, ‘Illumination for Cardinal Antonio Pallavicini (1442-1507)’, in Illuminating the Book: Makers and Interpreters, ed. by Michelle P. Brown and Scot McKendrick (London: British Library; and University of Toronto Press, 1998), pp. 199-200, fig. 125, reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 235-67 (pp. 243-44, fig. 13).

Beatrice Bentivoglio-Ravasio, 'Gaspare da Padova o Padovano detto Gaspare Romano/Maestro del Omero Vaticano', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), 251-58 (p. 255).


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