2017-05-17

Matteo's Grotesques

Matteo da Milano was a talented Italian illuminator working in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Originally from Milan, he did most of his work in Rome and Ferrara for the Estes, the Medicis, the Orsini and the della Rovere families. His specialty was illustrating for the wealthy clerics from these ranking families and was noted for the borders which he decorated with grotesques, jewels, cameos and other all'antica features, carefully drawn flora and fauna (see article by Andreina Contessa).

You can see the style in S.Maria.Magg.12, a lovely music manuscript for use by the choir from Advent to Lent, made for Santa Maria Maggiore of Rome and now in the Vatican Library.

It is one of the latest codices digitized in color by the Vatican Library. My full list:
  1. Arch.Cap.S.Pietro.H.3.pt.bis, collection of materials on Shroud of Veronica. Curious because title page is got up like that of a printed book, indicating how dominant print style had become by 1616.
  2. Arch.Cap.S.Pietro.H.62, biographies. Paolo Vian has added a 2014 note at the front saying the catalog item dealing with this codex seems to be partly duff.
  3. Borg.ar.265
  4. Borgh.216
  5. Ott.lat.2862
  6. Reg.lat.243, miscellany with Augustine at ff. 1-53 (11th century)
  7. Reg.lat.261, 15th-century miscellany of Alcuin, Chrysostom and others
  8. Reg.lat.279
  9. Reg.lat.281, HT to @ParvaVox who recognizes this as a beautiful 9th-century manuscript of De vita contemplativa by Julianus Pomerius, copied by Agambaldus, monk and scribe.
  10. Reg.lat.299
  11. Reg.lat.328
  12. Reg.lat.339 : another HT to @ParvaVox who noticed a remarkable Carolingian stemma at fol. 7r in this 9th-century codex showing a funny-looking, cartoon-style Charlemagne and Louis the Pious. I will have to do some more digging to figure out where this belongs in stemma history: it's not a history book as such, but mainly a theology compilation.
  13. Reg.lat.346
  14. Reg.lat.372
  15. Reg.lat.435, Martyrologium, plus an interesting legal glossary at ff 41r-44v: Summula seu definitiones de legalibus verbis; 12th or 13th century French.
  16. S.Maria.Magg.12, magnificent 15th-century music codex (above)
  17. Urb.gr.120
  18. Urb.lat.320
  19. Urb.lat.859
  20. Urb.lat.1065.pt.1
  21. Urb.lat.1072.pt.2
  22. Urb.lat.1123
  23. Urb.lat.1225
  24. Urb.lat.1229
  25. Urb.lat.1230
  26. Urb.lat.1238
  27. Urb.lat.1222
  28. Urb.lat.1234
  29. Urb.lat.1239
  30. Urb.lat.1240
  31. Urb.lat.1246
  32. Urb.lat.1248
  33. Urb.lat.1256
  34. Urb.lat.1262
  35. Urb.lat.1772
  36. Vat.gr.86, black and white microfilm only
  37. Vat.gr.1702,
  38. Vat.lat.1040, eTK index of science manuscripts lists incipits Utrum de corpore mobili ad formam and Circa initium primi libri de generatione
  39. Vat.lat.1438, legal Bartholomew of Brixen and Bernardo Bottoni
  40. Vat.lat.2151, eTK index of science manuscripts lists incipit Prohemium huius libri continet duas of late medieval logician and metaphysician Walter Burley
  41. Vat.lat.6767
  42. Vat.sir.343
This is Piggin's Unofficial List number 114. If you have corrections or additions, please use the comments box below. Follow me on Twitter (@JBPiggin) for news of more additions to DigiVatLib.

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