Bathsheba Bathing. The Hours of Louis XI, c. 1498 - 1499
Manuscript Monday: It’s the first day of school here at Mizzou, so we’re celebrating with one of our favorite manuscripts. This is a manuscript copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses produced in Italy around the middle of the sixteenth century. It’s massive - with over 600 leaves - and was written on paper. The first 24 leaves include an Italian translation between the lines, and you can see that the copyist left ample room for it to continue through the rest of the manuscript. No one ever finished it, however.
Each of the books has a delicate pen-and-ink drawing, and we’ll share a few others throughout the semester. These drawings appear to be related to the work of Giacomo Franco, a contemporary engraver.