The artist’s workshop phenomenon formed the foundation for the artistic production in the Italian Renaissance. From this background emerged the figure of Sano di Pietro, a popular and highly prolific Sienese painter and illuminator (1406 – 1481). In this work we will present new results from a multi-analytical investigation of the illuminated manuscript Cors. 41.A.1 stored in the Library of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana of Rome. The attribution of illuminations to Sano di Pietro’s workshop is uncertain. For this reason, we have carefully analysed pigments, inks and the parchment used for illuminating and writing, aiming at identifying the palette and the artistic technique used. The experimental setup consists in the analysis of materials through non-destructive methods, i.e. Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), Fiber Optics Reflectance Spectroscopy (FORS) and multispectral imaging. The analytical results of MS. Cors. 41.A.1 were compared with those of MSS. 196 and 198 of the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge attributed to Sano di Pietro. The study examines how Sano di Pietro’s workshop may have operated and provides information about artistic collaboration. We could determine what pigments the master and his collaborators employed and finally describe the relationship between artists and patrons.
Sano di Pietro and his workshop: the materials and techniques of manuscript illumination / Perino, Michela; Pronti, Lucilla; Felici, Anna Candida; Manzari, Francesca. - (2019). ((Intervento presentato al convegno Technart 2019. International conference on the use of analytical techniques for characterization of artworks tenutosi a Bruges; Belgium.