Between text and image in a medieval codex: a new edition for the Meditationes vitae Christi



The Pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes vitae Christi is one of the most influential devotional narratives of the late middle ages. It was written in Tuscany in the early fourteenth century and survived in several Latin and vernacular manuscripts and early prints. An extensive discussion has engaged the scholars, especially about the issue of the first linguistic version of the text. Even if the Latin version seems to be the original text, the vernacular manuscript Paris, BnF, it. 115 stays as one of the most important and interesting witnesses of the work. One of the earliest surviving codices, it conserves the first Italian translation (penned in the Pisan area) of the text, enriched by a wonderful set of illustration. The present volume, which is the outcome of an interdisciplinary collaboration, offers the first critical edition of the text, the reproduction of all images, the edition of the instructions given to the artist, accompanied by detailed philological and art-historical commentaries, glossaries, and seven interdisciplinary introductory essays.

The volume project arises from the international collaboration between the BIFLOW project (Bilingualism in Florentine and Tuscan Works - ERC Starting Grant 2014), directed by Antonio Montefusco, by the project Critical Edition of the Long Italian Version of the Meditationes Vitae Christi, directed by Dávid Falvay (NKFI) and by the Renovo project (Regenerating the OVI Corpus: Renewal and Optimization of Methods, Contents and Tools - PRIN 2017), directed by Lino Leonardi with a unit at the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano under the scientific responsibility of Diego Dotto.

The volume are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License at

Le Meditationes vitae Christi in volgare secondo il codice Paris, BnF, it. 115. Edizione, commentario e riproduzione del corredo iconografico, a cura di Diego Dotto, Dávid Falvay, Antonio Montefusco, Venezia, Edizioni Ca' Foscari - Digital Publishing, 2021 (Filologie medievali e moderne 24, Serie occidentale 20), 515 pp.

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Diego Dotto