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The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel. An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo


Elena De Laurentiis and Emilia Anna Talamo


448 pages; 623 color illustrations; hardcover with jacket; 23 x 30 cm


English; jointly published with the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Catedral Primada de Toledo, the CEEH and the Meadows Museum; 2010





This book focuses on a group of illuminated manuscripts which come from the Sacristy of the Sistine Chapel. They were dispersed during the French occupation of Rome and acquired by Cardinal Francisco de Lorenzana, who as Archbishop of Toledo donated them to the cathedral library; they have remained there till the present day. For the first time this collection of great art-historical value has been catalogued and studied, and is presented with liturgical objects belonging to the Cardinal in an exhibition promoted by CEEH that situates the collection in its original context.

Elena De Laurentiis teaches History of Art at the University of Genoa and has published important research including many discoveries in the field of Spanish and Italian illuminated manuscripts of the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries.

Emilia Anna Talamo is Professor of History of Art at the University of Calabria. Since 1987 her research and most important publications deal with Roman illuminated manuscripts from the 16th through the twentieth century.