The San Domenico Missal, conserved in the Museo di San Marco in Florence, stands out for its miniatures whose features have been investigated by Maria Paola Masini. She revealed several of the thousand secrets behind the illumination technique, from the precision of drawing to the brilliance of colours, from the fantasy of decoration to the splendour of gold, that still today, after so many centuries, communicates innumerable emotions to the eye.
The art of a marvellous work
Embellished by a selection of splendid works by Beato Angelico and other painters of the Florentine milieu of the epoch, the volume represents a tribute to one of the greatest artists of a city that wrote several of the major pages of art history in the West and where our publishing firm is honoured to reside. The volume is bound by hand in leather and contained in an elegant box. The front cover bears a tooled geometric decoration and four corner studs with a double concentric rosette in fretted brass, fastened with a stud. The back is tooled, has four corner studs and a stud in the middle. The binding is inspired by that of manuscript 515 in the Museo di San Marco in Florence which, for typology and chronology, is closest to the original, given that the binding of today’s Missal in part dates to the XIX century and is therefore no longer the original.