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ArtCodex atelier del codice miniato

Regia Carmina by Convenevole da Prato

ms. Royal 6 E IX (14th century)
conserved in British Library - London, UK
british library london

British Library

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The Manuscript

This exceptional manuscript is an address of the City of Prato to Robert of Anjou.
It is in Latin verse, intimately connected with the accompanying miniatures, to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples and Sicily, from the town of Prato in Tuscany, which had placed itself under his protection, c. 1335-1340.
The text is attributed to Convenevole da Prato (c. 1270/75-1338), a professor of grammar and rhetoric most famous as Petrarch's teacher. In the address, the city of Prato beseeches the King to unite the Italian peninsula under his rule and restore the papacy to Rome.
This is likely the presentation copy of the text, given to Robert of Anjou on behalf of the city of Prato.

The Decoration

The decoration is made of 48 miniatures in colours and gold with verses incorporated in them and initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in red with purple or blue pen-flourishing.
The illumination is attributed to Pacino di Bonaguida, a follower of Giotto, active in Florence c. 1300-c. 1350.

Characteristics of the facsimile

  • Integral re production of the Codex Royal 6.E.IX on cartaPergamena®
  • Format: 35 x 49 cm, 30 folios (60 pages)
  • Leather cover, decorated with golden and blind stamping
  • Binding done entirely by hand, with respect for the collation, the trimming of the pages and the colours of the headband
  • Precious and elegant full pages illuminated scenes
  • Limited edition of 999 numbered and certified exemplars
  • Volume with commentary by the greatest experts of the history of illumination

The gold-coloured foil

The decoration in gold, applied with the patented ArtCodex® system of spreading gold-colored foil, appears embossed as in the original codex, as though it had undergone the effects of time. Each detail is faithfully reproduced, from the engravings to the gold designs, from the gold dust wrought with a brush to the plating with gold leaf: the splendid effect obtained is that of a harmonic chromatic fusion between the gold details and the brilliant iconographic elements of the miniatures.

Binding and cover

The process of binding the codices is realized by adopting the customs of the ancient artisan binderies. The work processes, conducted in handicraft workshops that still preserve the antique manual press, correspond to the hand sewing of the headband and leaves, with an absolute respect for the trimming of the manuscript pages.
Lastly, the cover is reproduced in facsimile with a rigorous respect for all the characteristics of the original: each process is carried out by hand, while respecting the foliation of the codex and utilizing the materials of the period.

The cartaPergamena®

The type of parchmented paper adopted, whose peculiarity guarantees that each single sheet is equal to the original, is produced by a trusted paper mill: the cartaPergamena®, following an “ageing” treatment, recreates the same effect of movement that the passing of time has brought about on the original. The color of the parchment is then faithfully reproduced in the printing stage: each sign of the time - such as folds, spots, or transparencies - is reproposed exactly, contributing to enhance the codex with the same sensation of antiquity that characterizes the medieval manuscript.