Pope Pius II, frontispiece to a Constitution of the Sienese Church of the Year 1464

A work made of manuscript cutting in tempera and gold leaf on parchment.
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  • A work made of manuscript cutting in tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

Date:

1464; possibly 19th century copy

Artist:

Italian (Siena)
after Vecchietta (Lorenzo di Pietro di Giovanni) (Italian, 1410-1480)

About this artwork

This illuminated frontispiece features Pope Pius II, who reigned from 1458 to 1464, above a view of his hometown of Siena and eight Sienese coats of arms. Pius II had an unusual past for a pope, having served as the imperial poet laureate in 1442 at Frederick III’s court. While poet laureate, he wrote what would become a best seller of its time, The Tale of the Two Lovers, a courtly romance. This manuscript cutting is probably a 19th-century copy that was produced for an art market infatuated with the Italian Renaissance.

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Artist

Vecchietta (Lorenzo di Pietro di Giovanni)

Title

Pope Pius II, frontispiece to a Constitution of the Sienese Church of the Year 1464

Origin

Italy

Date

1464

Medium

Manuscript cutting in tempera and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions

310 x 223 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1915.181

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