Early biographies of women

De plurimis claris sceletis [sic] q[ue] mulieribus: opus prope diuinu[m] nouissime congestum
 
Creator(s):
Bergomensis, Jacobus Philippus
Title:
De plurimis claris sceletis [sic] q[ue] mulieribus: opus prope diuinu[m] nouissime congestum
Publication/Origin:
Ferrara: Opera [et] i[m]pensa Magistri Laurentij de rubeis de Valentia, 1497
Description:
Bergomensis’ De claris mulieribus is one of the earliest collections of women’s biographies. In compiling it, he borrowed extensively from Giovanni Boccaccio’s earlier manuscript of the same title. It is one of the finest early Italian illustrated books, and the first to include contemporary woodcut portraits from life. The woodcut that appears on the cover of the exhibition catalog and in the introduction to this online exhibition is from this book.
Citation:
Bergomensis, Jacobus Philippus, De plurimis claris sceletis [sic] q[ue] mulieribus: opus prope diuinu[m] nouissime congestum, Ferrara: Opera [et] i[m]pensa Magistri Laurentij de rubeis de Valentia, 1497, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed June 19, 2024, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/3937