Exemplary corresponding to the Italian edition of Il Bulino 1995. Book study in Italian.
Scenes of daily life of the early Renaissance. The image of the scientific world of the Renaissance. Superb artwork and precious document of historical culture. These and other phrases have been dedicated to the codex entitled De Sphaera, created around 1470. It is considered the best astrology book illustrated the Renaissance.
For a long time neither the title nor the author of this beautiful masterpiece was not known. Today we know that the author of the miniatures is impressive Christoforo de Predis, who places a look at different areas of daily life of the Renaissance. The scenes are organized around the central theme of the work: the planets. Astrology was one of the oldest sciences. Its origins are unknown, about the beginning of his story made of poetry and magic, myths and legends, of mathematical laws, research and discoveries. They were persuaded that the stars and the moon were the source of mysterious forces that determined natural phenomena such as the passage of day and night, eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycle of the four seasons and the tides. Announced by the position of the stars, all these phenomena were repeated periodically. Throughout human history, the sky and its secrets occupied the greatest scientists of his time.
De Sphaera sumptuous manuscript contains 15 miniatures each of which occupy an entire page. Represent the planets after the conceptions of time, orbiting the Earth, namely Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon. Astronomical cards also show the relationship between the sphere of the Earth and the sky sphere as well as explanations on the phases of the Moon and climate data. each planet is juxtaposed with a constellation, so two exceptional views of landscapes, cities and interiors done very realistically.
The first facsimile edition of 1995 numbered and limited to 980 copies, is exhausted. The 32 pages of the illuminated manuscript format 24.5 x 17 cm., Included a total of 15 miniatures, 9 astronomical drawings and a climatic box, all faithfully reproduced the original. The red leather binding of craft production is equipped with the coats of arms of the Sforza and Visconti.
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