Divina Commedia

This manuscript, which belonged in the fifteenth century to Ferdinand I of Aragon, king of Sicily and Naples, is the only extensively illustrated Divine Comedy at the Morgan. As avid a collector as J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) was, he had been unable to secure an illustrated Dante in his lifetime. This lacuna was filled by his son, J.P. Morgan (1867–1943), in 1923.

The manuscript contains two full-page and 125 marginal miniatures, and these probably derive from a more extensive cycle.

Dante Alighieri, Divina commedia, with an anonymous commentary
Italy, Florence, 1345–55
MS M.676, purchased by J.P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), in 1923