Item No: mcai270071
Additional Title: Gospel Lectionary
Rare Book Department
Portrait of St. Luke
This cutting has been attributed to Giulio Clovio, or perhaps a follower who worked in a nearly identical manner. Born in Croatia in 1498, Giulio moved to Italy to become one of the most important illuminators of the sixteenth century. Giorgio Vasari, the great sixteenth-century biographer of Renaissance artists, described him as a "Michelangelo of small works." Perhaps it is no coincidence then that the very codex that scholars believe this cutting to have come from was housed in the Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the pope, and the site of Michelangelo's famous ceiling painted sixty years earlier. The codex, which survives only in fragments, was made for Pope Gregory XIII shortly after his papacy began in 1572.
This cutting has been dated to ca. 1572.
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Lewis E M 27:7
Giulio Clovio, or close follower of - Artist