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Resta Codex Facsimile Edition

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A unique collection of incredible drawings

Three centuries ago the Count of Milan, Sebastiano Resta, began a rare drawings collection. Resta collection was unequalled for typology, quality and quantity of subjects of drawings. Sebastiano Resta gathered this extraordinary collection in a volume, that himself called “Portable Gallery”: a real traveling museum in which it is possible to follow characteristic traces of styles and artists of centuries before, but especially of XVII century. The drawings collector noted in every page by himself, news, informations, reflections and anecdotes.

Authors of the drawings and engravings

Leonardo da Vinci, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Giovanni Bellini, Perugino, Pollaiolo, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Raffaellino del Garbo, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Botticelli, Bramante, Tiziano, Dürer, Dosso Dossi, Daniele da Volterra, Raffaello, Perin del Vaga, Baccio Bandinelli, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Rosso Fiorentino, Raffaello del Colle, Giulio Mazzoni, Giorgio Vasari, Francesco Brizio, Mantegna, Correggio, Parmigianino, Barocci, Tintoretto, Bernardino Luini, Aurelio Luini, Giulio Campi, Taddeo Zuccari, Federico Zuccari, Pomarancio, Cavalier d’Arpino, Hendrik Goltzius, Agostino Carracci, Annibale Carracci, Lodovico Carracci, Guido Reni, Domenichino, Guercino, Bernini.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Resta Codex": Codice Resta facsimile edition, published by Vallecchi, 2003

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Codice Resta

Florence: Vallecchi, 2003

  • Commentary (English, Italian) by Ravasi, Gianfranco
  • Limited Edition: 1000 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Resta Codex: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

The facsimile edition reproduces only part of the original document (100 plates).

Cased edition printed on special paper created only for this volume by Cartiere Miliani di Fabriano.


Hand-bound in leather, with golden impressions like the original book.

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