ALBERTO PROSDOCIMI (attr.)
St. Michael the Archangel (223 x 164 mm.)
Italy, Venice, late 19th or early 20th century
ATTRIBUTED TO ONE OF THE GREAT NEO-GOTHIC MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATORS, ALBERTO PROSDOCIMI
Although unsigned, this miniature bears all the earmarks of the copies painted by Alberto Prosdocimi of the Grimani Breviary. Alberto Prosdocimi was born in Venice on 9 September 1852. He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice, and after working in watercolors for a time, specialized as a miniaturist. He painted the portrait of Vittorio Emanule III, and his copies of miniatures--then thought to be by Memling--in the Grimani Breivary (Venice, Bib. Marciana, MS lat. XI 67 (7531)), illuminated c. 1510-20 probably by Alexander and Simon Bening, and Gerard Horenbout.