Benvenutus de Rambaldis de Imola: Libellus augustalis
Italian literary history considers the 14th century author (†1387–8) as one of the most excellent commentators of Dante. His activity as commentator is relevant in the classical and contemporary literature of Latin language, and the later generations of Humanists held his work on history in high esteem. His Romuleon is a summary of the Roman history from the destruction of Troy to Diocletian, his Histories of the Caesars (Liber Augustalis) relates the history of the Roman and Holy Roman emperors from Julius Caesar to Wenceslaus IV (later the work was supplemented by Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, a Humanist of Vienna who would become Pope Pius II, with the data up until his own era under the reign of Friedrich III).
Although the illumination of the codex had earlier been attributed to a Northern Italian or Florentine illuminator, the most recent results of research identified the master with the ”First Heraldic Painter”. It cannot be ruled out that also the copy was made in Buda as the scribe Antonio Tebaldeo, poet of Ferrara, had been to Matthias’ court and made the corrected version of this work on the special request of the king. (Ferenc Földesi. The entry written for the guide to the exhibition was made on the basis of Dániel Pócs’ description below: The CORVINA LIBRARY and the Buda Workshop. Exhibition Catalog. (Publication in progress.) Budapest: NSZL, 2019, Cat. h14)
Source: The Corvina Library and the Buda Worskhop: [National Széchényi Library, November 6, 2018 –February 9, 2019] A Guide to the Exhibition; introduction and summary tables: Edina Zsupán; object descriptions: Edina Zsupán, Ferenc Földesi; English translation: Ágnes Latorre, Budapest: NSZL, 2018, p. 212
DATA SHEETShelfmark: Lat. X, 235 (=3850)
Keeper location: Biblioteca Nazionale di San Marci
Digitized corvina: at the keeper location