THE URBINO PRODUCTION
The classification "scriptorium di Urbino" also indicates a series of manuscripts (Urb. lat. 419, 420, 651, 1221), connected to the controversial figure of Federico Veterani, and which exhibit an original pastiche of figurative attributes from different sources: the Florentine antiporta, the braided loop (nodo) with the intense colors of typical of Ferrara, and the friezes a bianchi girari, in the typical style of Northern Italy or Rome, decorated with putti and animals. In this sense, a methodological caveat is in order: when the topographic indication, “Urbino” appears in the descriptions, in reference to the production center of the manuscripts at hand, it should indicate exactly the variety of origins illustrated here.
In any case, although manuscripts like Urb. lat. 337, Urb. lat. 349, Urb. lat. 427, are visually different from one another, they share a series of figurative and decorative features typical of the book production in Northern Italy. These characteristics were nonetheless assimilated and rearranged to produce an autonomous expression, often with very distinguished results. See the height reached by the small production in Giovanni Corenti, Urb. lat. 324 and 326.
Urb. lat. 337, f. 1r - Urb. lat. 349, f. 2r: examples of braided loops (nodi ferraresi)
Urb. lat. 337, f. 1r - Urb. lat. 427, f. 2r: examples of bianchi girari