A passionate reader of history, Leonardo possessed Livy’s History of Rome, the Bible, and other compilations of universal history such as the Cronica (Chronicle) by Iacopo Foresti.
Giacomo Filippo Foresti
Giacomo Filippo Foresti Cronicha de tuto el monde vulgare
Venezia, Bernardino Rizzo da Novara, 1491
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Inc. Magl. E.3.5, f. a1r
The Supplementum Chronicarum by the Augustinian friar from Bergamo Giacomo Filippo Foresti (1434-1520) is a history of the world. Translated into the vernacular, it was enriched with illustrations starting with the Venetian edition of 1491: among the most significant, the vision of God the Creator and the Earth swarming with plants and animals on the title page, and the “portraits” of famous cities, such as Rome and Venice. It is probably the “cronica” purchased by Leonardo in Milan in 1495 for 68 soldi (Codex Atlanticus, f. 288r).