This artist is still relatively unknown, insofar as his activity and his artistic expression remain obscure, but he has been recognized as an illuminator in several notarial deeds that link him with the name of Guglielmo Giraldi, his uncle by marriage, who was also an editor and book dealer. There are only very few available facts obtainable from his professional biography; for example, the fact that he worked alongside Guglielmo on more than one occasion (see the Salterio of 1475, Modena, Biblioteca Estense, α. Q. 4. 9 = lat. 990, where the subscription states: “magistrum Gulielmum, civem Ferrariensem, et Alexandrum, eius nepotem”), perhaps also in the four-volume Bible made for the Certosa of Ferrara, between 1465 and 1475 (Ferrara, Civic Museum of Palazzo Schifanoia, mss. OA 1346-1349). The bond between the two was so close that they appointed each other as beneficiary heirs in their respective wills, both dated August 10, 1478 and written perhaps, at least in the case of Giraldi, just before departing for Urbino. Likely assisted by the maestro and by the other Paduan-Ferrarese artists, it is probable that he worked on the Gospels Urb. lat. 10, made for Federico da Montefeltro on the occasion of his appointment as duke, and on some of the table miniatures that provide description for Dante’s Divine Comedy, Urb. lat. 365.
HERMANN, La miniatura estense, p. 141 nt. 110; MARIANI CANOVA, Guglielmo Giraldi 1995, pp. 109, 115-121; TONIOLO, Giraldi, Guglielmo, p. 305; TONIOLO, Scheda nr. 2, pp. 110-119; TORQUATI, Scheda nr. 105, p. 389.
Urb. lat. 10, f. 75r - Urb. lat. 365, f. 9r