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Bible of Borso d’Este ~ The magnificent Bible of Borso d’Este represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting and one of the highpoints of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413-71), the first duke of Ferrara, who intended it as a demonstration of the splendor of the House of Este, which at the time was competing with Florence and the court of the Medici for international status. The manuscript was completed between 1455 and 1461.

Detail of a marginal miniature of Geoffrey Chaucer pointing the text, with a caption reading ‘Chauceris ymago’.

Description: Detail of an historiated initial 'V' of Godfrey of Bouillon and his train setting out on horseback. Origin: France, N. (Pic...