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Codice Stivini - Inventory of the possessions of Isabella d'Este Gonzaga Facsimile Edition

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The inventory of Isabella d’Este’s possessions is a 24 folios manuscript, sepia ink on parchment, illuminated and decorated with gold leaf, leather bound with a gold leaf border.

A witness of the taste of a unique woman

It was prepared by Odoardo Stivini, public notary to the Gonzaga court, who in 1542, three years after the death of the Marchioness of Mantua, was appointed to catalogue the works kept in the Studiolo of the Ducal Palace.

The 236 items listed are testimonies to the aesthetic taste and collecting mania of this Grand Dame of the Italian Renaissance. Among the many pieces of jewellery, precious gems, antique coins and medals by Pisa­nello, decorated glass and pottery and fine fabrics are also Greek and Roman sculptures, works by Michelangelo, paintings by Mantegna, Giulio Romano, Correggio, Francia and Perugino. 

Isabella d'Este Gonzaga

Isabella was born in 1474 in Ferrara, daughter of Duke Ercole I and Eleanor of Aragon. A child prodigy, she was married to Francesco Gonzaga when she was sixteen. She earned the praise of her contemporaries for her natural grace and dignity but also for her command and diplomacy. The life at her court was extremely lively and famous intellectuals and powerful statesmen attended her salon.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Codice Stivini - Inventory of the possessions of Isabella d'Este Gonzaga": Codice Stivini - Inventario delle gioie di Isabella d'Este facsimile edition, published by Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte, 1995

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Codice Stivini - Inventario delle gioie di Isabella d'Este

Modena: Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte, 1995

  • Commentary (Italian) by Iotti, Roberta; Ferrari, Daniela; Cieri Via, Claudia; Ventura, Leandro; Brown, Clifford M.
  • Limited Edition: 600 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Codice Stivini - Inventory of the possessions of Isabella d'Este Gonzaga: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The codex is printed in 6 colors on paper imitating the original parchment and in the same size as the original. The edition is presented with the volume Isabella d’Este, la primadonna del Rinascimento, 240 pp., with more than 200 color images.


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