Letter from Signorelli to Corrado Tarlatini (recto), paper, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Ms. MA 4261 (purchased as the gift of Mrs. Landon K. Thorne, Jr., 1985). Copyright: Pierpont Morgan Library.


This website is a fully searchable database of the published documents relating to a number of Italian Renaissance artists. The format was developed to act as the documentary appendix for T. Henry,The Life and Art of Luca Signorelli, New Haven & London (Yale University Press ISBN: 978-0-300-17926-2), 2012.

Supported by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Digital Resources Grant Program and by University of Kent match funding, the original website has been expanded to add a number of other artists, and is relaunched here as the Italian Renaissance Documents Site (IRDS). In the case of each artist that we have added the aim has been to present a complete corpus of documents and early sources. The idea is to make as much source material as possible available to a wide audience, and to allow this material to be scrolled through in chronological order or to be searched across the group as a whole.

The majority of the documents included here have been previously published and this has been noted in the bibliography for each document. The authors of individual transcriptions have also been credited, and where a scholar has either followed one artist particularly closely or provided a corpus of documentation for inclusion here, then that scholar has been given credit for the artist as a whole. In some cases the transcriptions are new or revised (and some may need further work).