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The Crown of the Virgin; made of three tiers of inverted hearts set with jewels and inscribed with the first verses of biblical canticles and prayers (e.g. the 'Benedictus', the 'Nunc Dimittis', the 'Magnificat' and the 'Ave Maria'); on the second tier two palms; surmounted by a crucifix; encircled on three sides by a guilloche border; illustration to Savonarola's 'Compendio di Revelazione' (Florence, 1495). 1495
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 127 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print occurs as the only illustration in the first vernacular and Latin editions of Fra Girolamo Savonarola's 'Compendio di Revelatione' (Compendium of Revelations), both works published in Florence by the printer Francesco Bonaccorsi in 1495. It occurs as the frontispiece, opposite the first page of text, and it was engraved on a separate leaf, not in the quire of the book. Other early editions of the book contain woodcut versions of the composition (with a slightly different design).
It was recently attributed to Francesco Rosselli, like another engraving illustrating the devotional book 'The Ladder of Spiritual Life' written by a close follower of Savonarola and published in Florence in 1495 (see Hind B.IV.2 (1) and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Barsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, pp. 107-109, no. 078; no impression of this print is in the BM).
The engraving illustrates a visionary invention of Savonarola, who imagined an encounter with St Joseph at the gateway to Paradise where he showed him "a most beautiful crown" conceived in the form of jewel as a gift from the Florentine people.
Other impressions of the print are in the Bridwell Library (Dallas), Florence, Hamburg, Library of Congress (Rosenwald Collection, Washington) and elsewhere.
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Associated Title: Compendio di Revelatione
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