Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
MS Laur. 1299, Datable to the 17th century
322 un-numbered chapters with headings, 43 illustrations
No Table of Contents
Milanese Provenance documented by watermark
This seventeenth-century Milanese manuscript is a partial copy of the manuscript M1 owned by Vincenzo Pinelli (1535-1601), which is one of the earliest copies of Leonardo's Treatise on Painting.
FL1 was made in Milan in the 17th century, a fact documented by its watermark (Barone 2011). The textual and visual comparison demonstrates that its source was M1, one of the earliest copies of Leonardo's Treatise on Painting, which was available in Milan since the late 16th century (compare in particular T1054, I423, I432, I451). It is possible that this manuscript, or a copy derived from it, was made available to Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657) around 1640 (Barone 2011).
The early history of FL1 is unknown. Giuseppe Carlo Aurelio de’ Bossi (1758-1833) acquired it at some point. In 1837 Lord Ashburnham bought it and in 1884 it entered the Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana together with other manuscripts from Lord Ashburnham's library.
[II] + fols. 1-87v +  + [II] , 29.8 x 22.5 cm , in folio
Milanese watermark with a five-petalled flower and a hand with five outstretched fingers similar to watermark in M2 and VM1
Lord Ashburnham (Cochran Catalogue 1837, p.195); Steinitz, Treatise on Painting, 1958, p. 54 (B, 9); Richter, The Literary Works of Leonardo da Vinci, 1939, vol. 1, p. 9 note; Barone, “Cassiano dal Pozzo's manuscript copy of the Trattato: new evidence of editorial procedures and responses to Leonardo in the seventeenth century” Raccolta Vinciana, 35 (2012), p. 238.
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