Federico da Montefeltro and his Library

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Marcello Simonetta.


Milan, Italy, 2007. 195 pp., illustrations: 139 numbered, 61 unnumbered, col., 26.5 × 20.5 cm. English.


Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA (8 June–30 September 2007)


The history and person behind one of the greatest libraries of the Renaissance period. Preface by Jonathan J.G. Alexander. Hebrew manuscripts are discussed in the catalog essay, “Notes on the Diaspora of the Hebrew Manuscripts: from Volterra to Urbino” (Delio Proverbio, pp. 50–61). These volumes were stolen from the Jewish merchant Menahem ben Aharon Volterra when Federico da Montefeltro’s troops massacred and plundered the city of Volterra in 1472. At least 40 (of Menahem’s original 211) Hebrew manuscripts are still extant today, most preserved in the Vatican Library, which assumed ownership of the Urbino Library in 1657. Catalog contains images of a sumptuous Book of Psalms (Urb. ebr. 7, Italy, 15th C), and a Former Prophets with micrographic decoration (Urb. ebr. 4, Spain, 13th C). Images, transcriptions and translations of all ownership notes found in Menahem’s volumes. 12 items listed and described.

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Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, BiblesHebrew illuminated manuscripts, Italy, 15th CHebrew illuminated manuscripts, Spain, 12th–14th CMicrography

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