Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, MS Med. Pal. 143

Life and Writings of Saint Anthony the Abbot Facsimile Edition

Our price

More Buying Choices

Request Info

The manuscript of the Illustrated Life of St Anthony was commissioned by the French Catholic prelate Jean de Montchenu and compiled by Jean Macellard. The codex dates back to 1431-1443 and illustrates the life and miracles of St. Anthony Abbot, patron of the Order Hospitallers of St. Anthony, which received papal approval in 1247 and followed the Augustinian rule. The rich decorative apparatus of the manuscript is the work of the French artist Robert Favier. It includes 200 illuminations painted with only a few colors, mainly red, green, grey, and gold.

A Masterpiece of French Miniatures of the Quattrocento

Jean de Montchenu (1378-1459) was rector of the monastery of S. Antonio di Ranverso, located near Turin, the most antique monastery of the order of the Antonines after the mother abbey of La Motte-Saint-Didier.

Jean de Montchenu commissioned this precious manuscript for the newly elected Pope Eugene IV. The codex was probably made between 1431 and 1443 modeling the design on a manuscript dated 1426 and it was illuminated by the artist Robert Favier.

Pope Eugene IV donated the manuscript to the Medici family, and from the sixteenth-century up to the present time, the book has been kept in the family library in Florence.

Jean Macellard was the sacristan of the monastery of St. Antoine-en-Viennois (Isére) and author of the text contained in this codex. He selected several sources including the Life of St. Anthony written by St. Athanasius, and the sermons of St. Anthony, all describing episodes of the life of St. Anthony the Abbot.

A Gothic Illuminator: Robert Favier

Robert Favier of Avignon was an artist representative of the elegant Gothic painting characterized by cortese themes and elongated figures. The known works of Favier are just a few and include the manuscript of the Life and Writings of St. Anthony the Abbot.

Most illustrations of the codex have captions taken from the textual source of the episode, for instance texts of St. Jerome, St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, Alphonsus, or the Legenda Breviarii.

This manuscript is comparable to another Vita Sancti Antonii, now in the Malta Public Library, Valletta, dated 1426, also illustrated by Robin Favier.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Life and Writings of Saint Anthony the Abbot": Sant'Antonio Abbate, la vita e le opere facsimile edition, published by ArtCodex, 2013

Request Info / Price
Manuscript book description compiled by the publisher.
Please Read
International social justice movements and the debates that ensued prompted us to start considering the contents of our website from a critical point of view. This has led us to acknowledge that most of the texts in our database are Western-centered. We have asked the authors of our content to be aware of the underlying racial and cultural bias in many scholarly sources, and to try to keep in mind multiple points of view while describing the manuscripts. We also recognize that this is yet a small, first step towards fighting inequality.

If you notice any trace of racist or unjust narratives in our communications, please help us be part of the change by letting us know.

Sant'Antonio Abbate, la vita e le opere

Castelvetro di Modena: ArtCodex, 2013

  • Commentary (Italian) by Cappelletti, Claudia; Giorda Maria C.; Rao, I. Giovanna; Labriola, Ada
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Life and Writings of Saint Anthony the Abbot: 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.

Our Price

More Buying Choices

Request Info