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Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Vatican City
Vatican City

Urb. Lat. 683
fifteenth century
Mode of exegesis
Related to Petrarch's

Triumphi + Fame Ia


Physical Description: Format

243x170 mm; I + 41 + II fols.

Physical Description: Textblock

parchment; humanistic script; Petrarch’s poems with one verse per line ad prose text; two full-page illuminations, ten rectangular-box illuminations, and decorated initials.

Visual Elements
Title Page

<inc> Incominciano itriumphi di messere Franciescho Petrarcha Po[eta] fiorent[ino]

Internal Description

fol. Ir: one word by a later hand (‘Benivieni’);
fol. Iv: recipe in Latin for medical pills (‘pillule Magistri Antonij Cermisoni’);
fol. 1r: blank;
fol. 1v: half-fol. illumination with an open-winged eagle facing downwards with a ring in her beak;
fol. 1r-37v: Triumphi (‘Incominciano itriumphi di messere Franciescho Petrarcha Po[eta] fiorent[ino]’, order: Mortis II, Fame Ia, Amoris II, Amoris I, Amoris III, Amoris IV, Pudicitie, Mortis I, Fame I, Fame II, Fame III, Temporis, Eternitatis); each triumph is preceded by a full-page illumination: Triumphus Amoris I (11r), Pudicitie (19v), Mortis (23r), Fame I (26r), Temporis (33r), and Eternitatis (35v); at the end of four capitoli of the Triumphi there is a rectangular-box illumination: below Triumphus Amoris II is a marble vase sprouting flowers and two cupids on the sides pulling some branches (10v), below Triumphus Amoris IV is a flower with golden leaves (19r), below Triumphus Pudicitie is a marble vase with flowers growing from it and a cupid in it holding branches (22v), and below Triumphus Fame III is the medallion portrait of a woman within a circular branch out of which come many leaves (32v);
fol. 37v: colophon: Qui finiscono itriumphy delmagnifico poeta fiorentino Messe[r] Francesco petrarcha. Deo gratias amen;
fol. 38r: blank;
fol. 38v: full-page half-bust portrait of Dante, followed by a note by a later hand (‘Dantes’);
fol. 39r: blank;
fol. 39v: full-page half-bust portrait of Boccaccio, below which is the note by a later hand (‘Bocatius’);
fol. 40r: blank;
fols. 40v-41r: Petrarch’s note on Laura (<inc> Laurea [sic] propris uirtutibus illustris & meis longum celebrata carminibus; <exp> in expectatos exitus acriter ac uiriliter cogitanti);
fol. 41r: a short note by the same hand (‘In conuersione pauli ap[osto]li ad missam cantatur quaedam sequentia in qua i[n]ter caetera est hoc Pauli de Virgilio ad Maronis Mausoleum ductus fudit sup[er] eum pie rorem lacrimae quem te inq[ui]t reddidissem si te uiuum inuenissem poetarum maxime’; this note is a copy of the one written by Petrarch is his own copy of Virgil’s works);
fol. 41v: blank.

Material Copy


Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Vatican City
Vatican City

Urb. Lat. 683
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Occasional marginal annotations by a different hand provide some missing lines.
Decorated initials in gold for every capitolo of the Triumphi (fols. 2r, 5r, 7v, 11r, 13v, 16v, 19v, 23r, 26r, 28r, 31r, 33r, and 35v). In the upper half of fol. 2r is a coat of arms of the Montefeltro family encircled within a wreath and surrounded at each side by a flying cupid.


Vattasso 1909, 94-95
Brown 1992, 2; Ceccanti 2007, 29; Guerrini Ferri 1986, 173; Guerrini Ferri 2006, 182 and 198; Kirkham 1985-86, 67 and 186; Labriola 2008a, 228; Ortner 1999, 86; Peruzzi 2010, 275; Salvatore 2010, 165-66.