Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice, Cod. Lat. II,60.
x 118 mm.
Miniatures: 70 miniatures.
before 1471, Ferrara was an established center for the
production of manuscripts. Local workshops under Leonello had stressed
the classics and humanistic subjects, and under Borso d’Este
had shifted their focus to magnificent illuminated books, to
translations, and to vernacular literature. Under Ercole, they broadened
still further. Ercole ordered at least four splendidly illuminated
Breviaries for his personal use and among them is this wonderful
“Orationes” by Saint Agustine.
work of Andrea dalle Vieze (scribe) and Tommaso
da Modena (artist), the Sant’Agostino Estense, with its
70 miniatures embellished with gold and more than 130
gilded initials, was produced around 1482 for the Este court.