In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment  
Italy, Florence [probably Santa Maria degli Angeli], c. 1430-40 

Saint Jerome (327/30-420 A.D.) is best known for his translation from Greek and revision of the Bible called the Vulgate. Perhaps second in importance only to his Bible translation are his Letters, long recognized for their immense erudition, rhetorical style, and timely evocation of the events (and people) of the late Roman Christian era. In many of his letters, Jerome directly addresses his project of biblical scholarship. Not surprisingly, humanist scholars admired Jerome, and the present manuscript offers an unusually fine example, in immaculate fresh condition, of Jerome’s Letters from the Florentine Renaissance. The classicizing script, elegant painted putti, and white-vine decoration reveal a conscious imitation of antiquity. Boasting an illustrious provenance, this manuscript probably once belonged to the library of Bernardo Bembo (1433-1519), Venetian nobleman, important humanist, and envoy to the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and it includes marginal notes and maniculae thought to be by his own hand. It was later in the collections of Major J. R. Abbey, Peter and Irene Ludwig, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has been on long-term deposit at the Parker Library in Cambridge  


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