Divine Comedy Palatino 313

Divine Comedy Palatino 313

Pal. 313

Florence, National Central Library

Limited Edition: 599 copie

ISBN 9788890803314

  • Dimensions 295×215 mm
  • 236 carte
  • Stampa fine art
  • Applicazione della foglia d’oro a mano
  • Carta pergamena trattata a mano per il raggiungimento dello stato ottimale di invecchiamento
  • Legatura eseguita artigianalmente
  • Pelle fiore a concia naturale
  • Cucitura a mano
  • Incassatura su carta antica
  • Commentario a cura di M. Veglia

It is positioned in the second quarter of XIV century, both on the basis of the writing, and of the basis of the illustrations that accompany the text.

Considered as the oldest known illuminated Comedy, it contains 37 precious miniatures attributed to the studio of Pacino di Buonaguida, so, according to some critics, it seems there is a superiority of Giotto’s gusto in the illustration of the poem; such hypothesis is supported by the statement by Benvenuto, upon whom Dante would have met Giotto in Padua, when the artist was engrossed in the Scrovegni Chapel and had begun to paint the Last Judgment, in which the depiction of the damned and the Hell have a big dedicated space.

Codex Palatino 313, contains a large part of the Commentary by Jacopo, son of Dante, although often his notes are corrupted and altered. Almost each note is marked with the initials Jac (Jacopo).

Both sons of Dante were annotators of the Comedy: Pietro of the whole poem, Jacopo did not go beyond the first Canto. During the period Jacopo lived in Florence, many of them requested him explanations on the most difficult passages of the Comedy.

“It is curious that the owner of an ancient codex, wrote in the margin, where he could not understand: Jacobe, facias declarationem” (Jacopo’s notes)..

The codex is written in littera textualis (Gothic writing), a spelling born in Northern France in the second half of XII century as evolution of the Carolingian writing.

From an ownership’s note the codex appears to be belonged in the 16th century to the Florentine literatus and politician Piero Del Nero (dead in 1598). It became then property of the Guadagni’s family and finally was bought Gaetano Poggiali who used it for his edition of the Comedy in 1807.


Confronto tra la versione originale del Palatino 313 conservato presso la Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze e il facsimile edito da Imago.