This article examines cuttings from a now-lost manuscript decorated by the
little-known Florentine illuminator Littifredi Corbizzi
(1465–c.1515) at the turn of the sixteenth century.
This manuscript, a choirbook produced for the monks at San Benedetto in Gubbio
in 1499–1503, was dismembered in the nineteenth century. Until now, all
but one of its cuttings were believed to be lost. Through the emergence of
several key pieces of evidence, most notably the identification of tracings of
the manuscript made by the German artist Johann Anton Ramboux in the mid-1830s
before its dismemberment, I have been able to link definitively three initials
to this largely unresearched commission. Two of these are in a previously
unstudied manuscript album at the John Rylands Library, recently digitised.
Considering the cuttings stylistically and, critically, interrogating their
provenance, I propose that a further ten cuttings can also be linked to
Littifredi’s work for the monastery, and argue that Ramboux played a
significant role in their initial collection.