The Treatise on Hunting and Fishing, containing a didactic poem written in the 3rd century by Oppiano of Apamea for Emperor Caracalla, bears witness to the finest achievements of the art of Constantinople in the first half of the 11th century. Featuring one of the most extraordinary illustrative sequences of the Late Macedonian era, this exquisite and refined manuscript reflects the cultured and elegant society during one of the most significant periods of the glorious history of the Eastern Empire, and human civilization, in the capital on the Bosphorus.
The 157 splendid miniatures in Byzantine style were crafted by an unknown, creative artist and astute observer of reality, and are complemented by written integrations by the hand of Georgios Trivizias (15th century).
The codex belonged to a figure of the utmost importance in the political and religious life of the 15th century: Cardinal Bessarion, born in Trebisond, on the shores of the Black Sea at the beginning of the 15th century. A theologian, a humanist, and a statesman, Bessarion created a grandiose Greek library, which he bequeathed in 1468 to the Republic of Venice. The Cardinal's collection is still preserved and housed in Venice, in the Library of St. Mark, or Marciana Library.
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