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Antonio da Monza  

active:about 1480 - 1505
illuminator
Italian

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The illuminator Antonio da Monza brought a Renaissance fascination with antiquity to the art of manuscript illumination at the end of the 1400s and beginning of the 1500s. Identified through his signature on a miniature from a liturgical book made for Pope Alexander VI and now in Vienna, he was a native of Monza, outside of Milan, and a member of the Franciscan Order.

Antonio's artistic style was influenced by the art of Leonardo da Vinci. Scholars have attributed several liturgical books, as well as some miniatures in the Sforza Hours and in Antonio Minuti's Life of Muzio Attendolo, to him. The recent discovery of the Golden House of Nero, an ancient Roman villa, and its Fourth Style wall paintings influenced Antonio's work, supplying him with a rich visual vocabulary of ancient motifs.


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Decorated Initial P / Antonio da Monza
Decorated Initial P

Italian, late 1400s

Gradual / Antonio da Monza
Gradual

Italian, late 1400s

Initial R / Antonio da Monza
Initial R

Italian, late 1400s

Decorated Initial V / Antonio da Monza
Decorated Initial V

Italian, late 1400s

Decorated Initial S / Antonio da Monza
Decorated Initial S

Italian, late 1400s