MINIATURIST, Italian
(active 1460-1480 in Naples)

Duns Scotus

1460-80
Manuscript (Additional Ms. 15273)
British Library, London

Duns Scotus, philosopher (1266-1308) is generally reckoned to be one of the three most important philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages. Scotus has had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular thought.

Both Ferrante I, king of Naples 1458-94, and his sons, Alfonso of Calabria (1448-1495) and Cardinal Giovanni of Aragon (1456-1485) were notable book collectors. They ordered books in Florence and they employed their own scribes and illuminators in Naples. The present manuscript of Duns Scotus was written in Naples for the king. The miniature on folio 8r, shown here, depicts a scribe writing.