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Dr Irene Ceccherini

Dr Irene Ceccherini

Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies and Dilts Research Fellow

Irene Ceccherini is Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies (Bodleian Special Collections, Centre for the Study of the Book, Weston Library) and Dilts Research Fellow at Lincoln College. Her research interests centre around Medieval and Renaissance manuscript culture, and in particular on the connections between the texts and their material transmission (palaeography, book layout, illumination).

Her research project, The Shaping of the Latin Classics in fourteenth-century Italy, is based on the Canonici collection of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. It investigates how Humanism developed in Italy during the fourteenth century, by studying the manuscripts of the classics within the general context of Italian book production, by examining scribal and reading practices and analysing how handwriting and book layout became specialised for different purposes, that is, for a given text or within a cultural milieu.

Irene holds a degree in Latin Palaeography from the University of Florence, where she also obtained a PhD in History and Tradition of Texts in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance (specialisation in Palaeography, Codicology and Manuscript Illumination). She worked at the University of Florence as Research Associate and Associate Lecturer in Palaeography (2008-2011), then collaborated in Paris with the École Pratique des Hautes Études, as a recipient of the grant Research in Paris, and with the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes - CNRS (2012-2014).

Her thesis work was devoted to Florentine manuscript culture in the age of Dante, and in particular to the study of the origins and development of mercantesca, the distinctive cursive handwriting that was adopted by fourteenth-century Italian merchants. Her interest in Medieval and Renaissance scripts led her to follow several paths of research: how to describe scripts (terminology and methods of analysis); how scribes were taught to write; the transferral of diplomatic scripts into books; the identification of autographs; the use of different types of script by the same scribe (particularly, the handwriting of the fourteenth-century scholar Andrea Lancia); the cultural milieu that produced the Canzoniere Vaticano, the richest anthology of thirteenth-century Italian poetry.

Most recently her research has focussed on the library of the Italian humanist Sozomeno of Pistoia, a fifteenth-century teacher of grammar and commentator of the classics: her project resulted in the description of the manuscripts owned by Sozomeno – establishing their correspondence to those listed in the inventory of his library, in the analysis of Sozomeno’s scribal practices, and in the study of his books as a reflection of his cultural background and interests.

Publications

‘Tradition cursive et style dans l’écriture des notaires florentins (v. 1250-v. 1350)’, Bibliothèque de l’Ecole des chartes, 165, fasc. 1 (2007), pp. 167-185.

‘La genesi della scrittura mercantesca’, in Régionalisme et internationalisme. Problèmes de Paléographie et de Codicologie du Moyen Âge. Actes du XVe Colloque du Comité Internationale de Paléographie Latine, ed. O. Kresten and F. Lackner (Wien, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2008), pp. 123-137.

Coluccio Salutati e l’invenzione dell’Umanesimo, ed. T. De Robertis, G. Tanturli and S. Zamponi (Firenze, Mandragora, 2008): ‘Cicerone, De finibus bonorum et malorum. Firenze, Archivio di Stato, Carte Strozziane, serie III, 46 (ff. 11-36), pp. 312-313; ‘La Vita di Marco Antonio di Plutarco tradotta dal Bruni e dedicata a Salutati. Firenze, Biblioteca Riccardiana, 136’, pp. 91-92; ‘Un’altra copia coeva del De fato et fortuna. Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Pluteo 53.18’, p. 148; (with G. Ammannati and E. Stagni) ‘Servio, Commentarii in Vergilium. Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Pluteo 45.3’, pp. 230-232; ‘Ovidio, Heroides, Amores, Ars amatoria, Fasti; calendario romano. New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, M.810’, pp. 237-238.

‘Merchants and Notaries: Stylistic Movements in Italian Cursive Scripts’, Manuscripta, 53/2 (2009), pp. 239-283.

‘Teaching, function and social diffusion of writing in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Florence’, in Teaching Writing, Learning to Write. Proceedings of the XVIth Colloquium of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine, ed. P.R. Robinson (London, King’s College London CLAMS, 2010), pp. 177-192.

‘Le scritture dei notai e dei mercanti a Firenze tra Duecento e Trecento: unità, varietà, stile’, Medioevo e Rinascimento, 24 (2010), pp. 29-68.

‘La cultura grafica di Andrea Lancia’, Rivista di Studi Danteschi, 10/2 (2010), pp. 351-367.

‘Andrea Lancia tra i copisti dell’Ovidio volgare. Il ms. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Italien 591’, Italia Medioevale e Umanistica, 52 (2011), pp. 1-26.

‘Poligrafia nel Quattrocento: Sozomeno da Pistoia’, Medioevo e Rinascimento, 26 (2012), pp. 237-251.

‘La lettera merchantescha nei trattati di scrittura del Cinquecento’, Gazette du livre médiéval, 59, fasc. 2 (2012), pp. 1-21.

Boccaccio autore e copista, ed. T. De Robertis, C.M. Monti, M. Petoletti, G. Tanturli and S. Zamponi (Firenze, Mandragora, 2013): (with G. Perucchi), ‘Il Plinio del Petrarca sullo scrittoio del Boccaccio geografo. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 6802’, pp. 367-370; (with M. Baglio), ‘Il codice delle Enarrationes in Psalmos di Agostino donato da Boccaccio a Petrarca nel 1355. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lar. 1989 1-2’, pp. 372-374; (with C.M. Monti), ‘Boccaccio lettore del Compendium sive Chronologia magna di Paolino da Venezia. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 4939’, pp. 374-376; (with A. Piacentini), ‘Boccaccio lettore del Liber de regno Siciliae. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 5150’, pp. 376-379.

Autografi dei letterati italiani. Le Origini e il Trecento, tomo I, ed. G. Brunetti, M. Fiorilla and M. Petoletti (Roma, Salerno, 2013): (with L. Azzetta) ‘Alberto della Piagentina’, pp. 25-31; (with L. Azzetta) ‘Matteo (Mazzeo) Bellebuoni’, pp. 33-42; (with A. Piacentini) ‘Pier De’ Crescenzi’, pp. 141-147; (with. L. Azzetta), ‘Andrea Lancia’, pp. 195-214; (with A. Piacentini) ‘Domenico Silvestri’, pp. 289-299.

‘Sozomeno da Pistoia tra littera moderna e littera antiqua’, in Medieval Autograph Manuscripts. Proceedings of the XVIIth Colloquium of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine, ed. N. Golob, (Turnhout, Brepols , 2013), pp. 381-392.

‘La cultura grafica dei copisti del canzoniere Vaticano latino 3793’, in Storia della scrittura e altre storie, ed. D. Bianconi (Roma, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2014), pp. 265-284.

(forthcoming) Sozomeno da Pistoia (1387-1458). Scrittura e libri di un umanista (Firenze, Olschki).

(forthcoming) ‘Codicologia dei manoscritti della prima età umanistica: i libri di Sozomeno da Pistoia’, in Palaeography, Humanism and Manuscript Illumination in Renaissance Italy. Essays in Memory of A. C. de la Mare, ed. R. Black, J. Kraye and L. Nuvoloni (London, The Warburg Institute).

(forthcoming) ‘Commento paleografico’, in Il tesoro di un povero. Il memoriale di Francesco Bentaccordi, fiorentino in Provenza, ed. Simona Brambilla and Jérôme Hayez (Roma, Viella).

(forthcoming) (with D. Smith) ‘Descrizione codicologica’, in Il tesoro di un povero. Il memoriale di Francesco Bentaccordi, fiorentino in Provenza, ed. Simona Brambilla and Jérôme Hayez (Roma, Viella).

(forthcoming) ‘Le corsive italiane tra 1270 circa e 1350 circa. cancelleresca e mercantesca, in De la herencia romana a la procesal castellana. Diez siglos de cursividad’, ed. C. del Camino (Sevilla, Secretariado de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Sevilla), pp. 49-63.

(forthcoming) (with T. De Robertis) ‘Scriptoria e cancellerie nella Firenze del XIV secolo’, in Scriptorium. Wesen - Funktion – Eigenheiten. Comité international de paléographie latine, XVIII. internationaler Kongress St. Gallen 11.-14. September 2013, ed. A. Nievergelt, M. Bernasconi-Reusser, B. Ebersperger, R. Gamper and E. Tremp (München, Verlag C.H.Beck).

 

 

 



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