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The Sforza’s Treasure and the Leonardo da Vinci’s work.
Facsimile in world exclusive of the Rerum Gestarum Francisci Sfortiae Mediolanensium Ducis by Giovanni Simonetta, illuminated by Giovanni Pietro Birago. On concession of the Narodowa Library of Warsaw (Biblioteka Ordynacji Zamojskiej, fund) Inc F 1347.

La Sforziade di Varsavia

La Sforziade di Varsavia

6.900,00

“La Bella Principessa” and the Sforziade of Warsaw

The collection of the National Library of Warsaw houses one of the four copies on vellum of the work by Giovanni Simonetta, written as an eulogistic account of the deeds of Francesco Sforza - the founder of the ducal dynasty of Milan - at the end of 15th century. Probably brought in Poland by Bona Sforza, the volume passed into the hands of Chancellor Jan Zamoyski. The spirited frontispiece illuminated by Birago contains a rich series of symbolic, heraldic and court allusions.

The copy of the Warsaw Library is that one studied by Professor Martin Kemp of the Oxford University and by Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technology of Paris, who have discovered and demonstrated that the painting on vellum made by Leonardo da Vinci - “La Bella Principessa” - belonged to the manuscript, and that it was sewn between its pages.

Technical features

  • Full reproduction of the Manuscript kept at the National Library of Warsaw
  • Illuminated by Giovanni Pietro Birago
  • 408 pages
  • Sheet height between 33 and 33.4 cm
  • Sheet width between 23.1 and 23.6 cm
  • 35 capital letters in gold
  • Frontispiece page in gold
  • Golden cuts
  • Commentary: Leonardo da Vinci, La Sforziade e il ritratto di Bianca Sforza, edited by Martin Kemp, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Oxford University and Member of the British Academy. Contributions by Vittorio Sgarbi and Claudio Strinati.
  • Reproduction of the parchment paper with the portrait
  • La Bella Principessa attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
  • Limited and numbered to 999 copies edition

Facsimile and Commentary

Il facsimile della Sforziade  è realizzato con un Commentario a cura del Prof. Martin Kemp. La copertina di questo volume di commento è il facsimile di quella che oroginariamente era la copertina originale dell'opera di Varsavia, ma che si trova alla Bibliothèque Nationale de France a Parigi. Al suo interno, in una elegante tasca, alloggia la riproduzione facsimilare in pergamena del dipinto di Leonardo; abbiamo quindi tutti gli elementi per ricomporre l'opera originale, nei suoi materiali e nelle sua bellezza, ai tempi in cui il genio di Vinci la arricchì con il suo ritratto di Bianca Sforza oggi ribattezzato "La Bella Principessa".The Commentary edited by Prof. Martin Kemp is combined to the facsimile of the Sforziade.
The cover of the Commentary is a facsimile of the original cover - now housed at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris - of the Warsaw manuscript. The volume also houses, in an elegant pocket, the facsimilar reproduction in parchment of the Leonardo’s painting. Therefore, one has all the necessary elements to recompose the original work in its materials and beauty, just at the time when the genius from Vinci has enriched it with the portrait of Bianca Sforza, today known as “La Bella Principessa”.

The return of Beauty

“The realization of this volume enhances the beauty and the interest of the ‘Warsaw Codex’, of which we can celebrate a sort of ‘return’ to Homeland in the name of culture and research”.
Claudio Strinati

I materiali

Per la diffusione della conoscenza e delle eccellenze della Storia e dell'Arte italiana utilizziamo materiali di qualità e bellezza superiore.

Copertina facsimile

Copertina in pelle di capra marrone,  macchiata a mano a pezzo unico, e due bindelle di chiusura. Dorso tondo, capitello in pelle , sette nervetti.

Copertina commentario

Copertina rivestita in velluto rosso con applicazione di borchie e bindella di chiusura realizzate artigianalmente, dorso tondo, capitello in pelle rossa.

Oro

Pagina frontespizio stampati in oro a caldo, 35 capilettera stampati in oro a caldo, taglio oro spruzzato 3 lati intonso.

La tasca del commentario

Tasca fustellata applicata manualmente sotto al risguardo su seconda copertina in carta uso mano legg trasparente gr. 60 per inserimento facsimile pergamenato della "Bella Principessa".

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