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Dante Alighieri - Comedy
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The Book of Jesus
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Dante Alighieri - Monarchy
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Sweynheym e Pannartz - Augustine of Hippo, De Civitate Dei
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Judgment of Ludovico Sforza of 18 August 1498
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Grammar of Donato
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Dante Alighieri - Of common eloquence
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Facade of the palace of Tommaso Marino towards Piazza San Fedele
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Leonardo da Vinci - Note booklet
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Bartolomeo Valdezocco - Canzoniere and triumphs by Francesco Petrarca
Dante Alighieri - Comedy
The Book of Jesus
Dante Alighieri - Monarchy
Sweynheym e Pannartz - Augustine of Hippo, De Civitate Dei
Judgment of Ludovico Sforza of 18 August 1498
Grammar of Donato
Dante Alighieri - Of common eloquence
Facade of the palace of Tommaso Marino towards Piazza San Fedele
Leonardo da Vinci - Note booklet
Bartolomeo Valdezocco - Canzoniere and triumphs by Francesco Petrarca

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The Liber Iesus or Book of the ABC (Trivulziano codex 2163) is a parchment codex containing a collection of prayers and short texts in Latin and vulgar prepared, as the so-called Grammatica del Donato, for Massimiliano Sforza, son of Ludovico il Moro, during the last five years of the fifteenth century. The elegant hand of the calligrapher Giovanni Battista Lorenzi can be recognized in the humanistic pose of the text. The decorative apparatus was entrusted to a main illustrator, identified with the anonymous Maestro dell'Epitalamio by Giasone del Maino. Only in two full-page miniatures (Meeting between Massimiliano Sforza and the Emperor of Austria and Massimiliano Sforza with Count Borella) is a second hand identified, Boccaccio Boccaccino according to some, Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio according to others. The choice to dedicate a prayer book to Massimiliano Sforza, alongside the so-called Grammatica del Donato, identifies the two areas (religious and civil) in which the good Renaissance prince called to rule a state had to be educated.


This work, belonging to the permanent collection, is open to the public for conservation reasons only on the occasion of temporary exhibitions.


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