Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Ms. IV 480

Book of Hours of Alexander VI, Pope Borgia Facsimile Edition

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84 miniatures illuminated in gold and silver by Gerard David. Contains numerous images decorated with floral, animal, fruit, and architectural motifs as well as medallions, all in vivid colors on a gold background, forming an impressive polychromatic group. Commissioned by Rodrigo de Borgia, “Pope Borgia.”

The Borgias: History and Legend

The more than 100-year history of the Borgia family is, without exaggeration, an odyssey difficult to imagine if it were not all true: a family of minor Valencian aristocracy that in less than half a century provided the Roman Catholic Church with two popes, Calixto III and Alexander VI, and a dozen cardinals, establishing a power base there for many years.

Its children married into royal families and the Borgias became protagonists in Italy’s power struggles, inciting a series of infamous acts never again witnessed by the papacy. It finally closed this incredible circle by producing a great saint, Francis of Borgia, General of the Company of Jesus, at the height of the Counter-Reformation.

Binding description

Original binding produced in Bruges by Antoine de Gavere. Bound in leather over wooden boards with bronze hinges and clasps.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of Hours of Alexander VI, Pope Borgia": Libro De Horas De Alejandro VI, Papa Borgia facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones

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