Una Divina Commedia dogale? Il ms. Ausst. 33 della Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg di Francoforte sul Meno
In: Rivista di Storia della Miniatura: 26, 2022
This article presents the results of an in-depth study on ms. Ausst. 33 of the Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg (Frankfurt am Main), a copy of the Divine Comedy with Iacomo della Lana’s commentary. In spite of its lavish illuminations - three opening pages for the canticas, three opening pages for the corresponding sections of Iacomo’s works, and decorated initials for the beginning of each canto and the corresponding passage in the commentary - this codex has been scarcely studied by art historians. Only Ilona Berkovits and Ranee Katzenstein appropriately considered ms. Ausst. 33 in their studies, the latter proposing an attribution to the Master of the Marciana Evangeliary which is examined and confirmed in this article. In addition to stylistic analysis, illuminations are thoroughly analyzed from an iconographic point of view and in their relation with the text. Finally, a possible patronage by Doge Andrea Dandolo is discussed.