The arms of the Medicis and the Marsuppinis
This Venetian edition of the works of Ovid (1474), has a beautifully illuminated border to its opening page. This would have been added by hand after printing, and incorporates the arms of the Medici family at the bottom. The volume apparently belonged to Lorenzo de Medici, the Florentine statesman and artistic patron (1449-1492). More roughly sketched on its end-papers and fly-leaves are various versions of the arms of the Marsuppini family, and an inscription of Lorenzo Marsuppini. The Marsuppinis were another powerful Florentine family who had some association with the Medicis. Carlo Marsuppini (d. 1453) was made chancellor by Lorenzo's father Cosimo, who was a close friend.