The Codex Vallardi is a collection of drawings by Antonio Pisanello, acquired for the Cabinet des Dessins of the Louvre for 35,000 gold francs from the Milanese print dealer and antiquarian Giuseppe Vallardi (1784-1861) in March 1856.[1] Consisting of 378 folios, its purchase was negotiated by Frédéric Reiset, who also reinstated its correct attribution, replacing a misattribution to Leonardo da Vinci.[2]

A pen and ink drawing from the Codex Vallardi (folio 2325)


  1. ^ Frank Dabell, 'Drawings by Pisanello - a review of "Pisanello. Le peintre aux sept vertus" by Dominique Cordellier', in Master Drawings Vol. 36, No. 2 (Summer, 1998), pp. 208-210
  2. ^ (in German) Dvořák, Max: „Geschichte der italienischen Kunst im Zeitalter der Renaissance: akademische Vorlesungen“, Band 1; Facultas Verlag, 2004 – 280 Seiten; S. 81, 82