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Les Illustrations Des Écrits De Jérome Savonarole Publiés En Italie Au XVe Et Au XVIe Siècle Et Les Paroles De Savonarole Sur L'Art Par Gustave Gruyer - Ouvrage Accompagné De 33 Gravures Exécutées D'Après Les Bois Originaux Par A. Pilinski Et Fils

Gustave Gruyer

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Paris: Librairie De Firmin-Didot Et Cie Imprimeurs De L'Institut De France 56, Rue Jacob, 56 -, 1879 Tous droits réservés.

Physical Description

[4], 221, [1] p., frontis. (port.), [11] pl.: [21] illus.; 277 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - [Divisional t.p., 'Les Illustrations Des Ouvrages De Jérome Savonarole Publiés En Italie Au XVe Et Au XVIe Siècle'] - [Text and plates] - [Divisional t.p., 'Paroles De Savonarole Sur L'Art'] - [Text] - Table Des Ouvrages De Savonarole Publié En Italie Et Ornés De Gravures - Table Des Ouvrages Étrangers A Savonarole Et Ornés De Gravures Qui Sont Mentionnés Dans Ce Volume - Table Des Planches Contenues Dans Ce Volume - Table Des Matières; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece, plates and in-text illustrations are unsigned.

The printer is named in the colophon: 'Paris. - Typographie de Firmin-Didot et Cie, 56, rue Jacob. - 8301.'


M.B. Hall, 'Savonarola's preaching and the patronage of art', in Christianity and the Renaissance: image and religious imagination (1990), p.493-522; R.M. Steinberg, Fra Girolamo Savonarola, Florentine Art and Renaissance historiography (1977).

Summary Note

The first part of the text is arranged under the following headings: 'Sujets Tirés De L'Ancien Testament'; 'Sujets Tirés Du Nouveau Testament'; 'Figures De Saints Et Sujets De Sainteté'; 'Sujets Relatifs A Savonarole'.

A note printed on the verso of the half-title states the print-run: 'Tiré à 300 exemplaires.'

A Dominican preacher, Savonarola came to Florence in 1490, where he denounced wordliness in the Church, in the arts, and in society and politics. His charismatic preaching prompted two great bonfires of 'vanities'; but led to his excommunication by Pope Alexander VI in 1497 and his execution in 1498. He influenced many artists, including Botticelli, Lorenzo di Credi, Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea della Robbia, Giovanni della Robbia, Baccio da Montelupo, Cronaca and Michelangelo.


The verso of the front free-endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1880 (see RA Annual Report for 1880, p. 44).

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Jérome Savonarole', 'Gruyer' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Art - Christian art and symbolism - Saints
Monks - Reformers - Ethics - Preachers - Italy - Florence - History - 15th century
Books - Illustrations - Woodcuts - Italy - 15th century - 16th century
Treatises - Lectures - Italy - 15th century
Art history - France - 19th century
Pictorial works - France - 19th century


Girolamo Savonarola
Adam Pilinski, engraver
Firmin Didot et Cie (Paris), printer, publisher, bookseller