Florence Cantigas de Santa María

Banco Rari 20] (formerly II,I,213) - Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence, Italy)

Alternate Titles:

Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio, Songs of Santa María by Alfonso X the Wise, CSM

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Codiology

Alternate Titles

Cantigas de Santa María de Alfonso X el Sabio
Songs of Santa María by Alfonso X the Wise
CSM

Type
Extent / Format

264 pages / 45.0 x 32.0 cm

Origin
Date
13th century
Style
Genre
Artist / School

Author: Alfonso X the Wise

Illustrations

More than 500 illustrations, some of them unfinished

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Description

This MS was intended as a continuation of El Escorial Ms T.j.1, adding music and more than 500 miniatures which depict a vast array of human typology in Spain during the 13th c. It is a fascinating “work in progress”: although room carefully set aside for the the music and all staff lines drawn, none of the musical work were copied. While most of the miniatures are complete, there are many intriguing examples of incomplete faces and detail, providing a wonderful glimpse into manuscript production.

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