Patris Augustini Episcopi Hipponensis

Date: XV Century.
Originl kept:
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice, Cod. Lat. II,60.
180 x 118 mm.
384 páges.
Miniatures: 70 miniatures.



Long 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.

A 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.







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