Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, 1939.114-115
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, I 234-240

Purple Passion Facsimile Edition

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The Purple Passion is a series of nine small drawings in brown ink with white highlights and orange washes executed on purple-tinted parchment by Zanobi di Benedetto Strozzi in Florence in the 1450s. The subjects are scenes from the life of Christ extending from the Massacre of the Innocents to the Lamentation over the corpse of the dead Christ. Many of the compositions are closely related to Fra Angelico's. The drawings—distinguished by their careful execution, with delicate modeling and strong storytelling—may have served as designs for enamels on a reliquary.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Purple Passion": Pasionario púrpura de Fra Angelico facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones, 2007

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Document / Fragment description compiled by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale.
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Pasionario púrpura de Fra Angelico

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 2007

  • Commentary (English, Spanish, German, Italian) by Boskovits, Miklos
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of one or more portions of the original document, Purple Passion: 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 facsimile publisher fabricated a manuscript book setting, but there is no indication (and it is unlikely) that the drawings were ever part of a bound volume.

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