Bartolomeo Sanvito, 1435-1511
A prominent artistic figure of the second half of the fifteenth century, he was born in Padua in 1435 and is remembered as a calligrapher, rubricator and miniaturist. A document dating from 1462 attests to his activity as a copyist who came into contact with the antiquarian revival typical of the circle of Mantegna. He was active in Rome probably from 1464-65 during the pontificate of Paul II. He worked on the preparation of richly decorated codices for prominent families such as that of Mazzatosta and Gonzaga (mss. Vat. lat. 3302; Vat. gr. 1626) as well as those commissioned by the popes, namely, Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484). As a miniaturist Sanvito used different techniques according to the typology of illustrations, from illustrations drawn with sanguine (red chalk), full-page images and those made on separate sheets apart from the text, to frontispieces decorated in an antique style, with candelabras, phytomorphic motifs and elements of an antiquarian taste. He is also known as a miniaturist who tinged his parchment sheets with purple or black and handwrote the text with gold letters, in imitation of the purple codices typical of the late antique book production.
RUYSSCHAERT, Il copista Bartolomeo San Vito, pp. 37-47; BENTIVOGLIO-RAVASIO, Sanvito Bartolomeo, pp. 928-936; DE LA MARE, Bartolomeo Sanvito, pp. 495-511; DE LA MARE-NUVOLONI, Bartolomeo Sanvito; MARIANI CANOVA, La minatura a Padova, pp. 13-32: 26-27; MADDALO, Sanvito e Petrarca, pp. 85-108.
Vat. lat. 3595, f. 4r - Vat. lat. 3302, f. IVr
Vat. gr. 1626, f. 2r - Vat. lat. 2094, f. 112v