BIRAGO, Giovanni Pietro
(active 1471-1513 in Milan)

Latin Grammar Book for Maximilian Sforza

Manuscript (Ms. 2167), 275 x 180 mm
Biblioteca Trivulziana, Milan

This text of this manuscript is the Grammatica by Aelius Donatus (active mid 4th century), a Roman grammarian and teacher of rhetoric, the tutor of St. Jerome. It contains grammatical and moral treatises giving elementary instruction in verse. It was made for Massimiliano, the son of Ludovico Sforza (Ludovico il Moro), Duke of Milan (1452-1508) and his wife Beatrice d'Este. The illustrations were executed by several artists, including Ambrogio de Predis and Giovanni Pietro Birago.

The decoration on folio 42v, shown here, in which the young prince is represented between two female figures personifying Vice and Virtue, is attributed to Birago.

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