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Title:

Doge’s Commission

Maker(s):

Master of the Trees (‘Maestro degli Alberi’); artist
; production

Collection:

Viscount Fitzwilliam

Category:

illuminated manuscript

Name:

other; type of text

Period:

sixteenth century, first quarter

Description:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 52 fols. (foliated 33-86), 227 x 148 mm (168 x 110 mm), 25 long lines, ruled in brown ink.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, red morocco over pasteboards, gold-tooled with lion of St Mark at centre of upper and lower covers, gilt edges (bound with MS 188, items 1-2 and 4-9).

CONTENTS: fols. 33r-84v Commission granted by Doge Andrea Gritti (1523-1529) to Filippo Basadonna for the command of ships going to Beirut, dated 28 March 1523, with Incanto delle galie from fol. 69r; fols. 85r-86v Capitulary to the Commission.

DECORATION: Full-page frontispiece incorporating the beginning of the text, a miniature of the Virgin and Child flanked by St Louis of Toulouse (?) and St Philip, with Filippo Basadonna kneeling in prayer before them, beneath a panel of grey with the opening of the text in gold epigraphic capitals: NOS ANDREAS GRITI DEI GRATIA DVX VENETIARVM ET CAET., surrounded by a full inhabited border of solid blue panels with foliate motifs in green and gold, framed in gold, housing roundels with the Lion of St Mark (upper bar), landscapes (inner and outer bars), and a trompe-l’oeil flattened scroll attached with ribbons to the inner frame of the border bearing the arms of Basadonna (fol. 33r).

ORNAMENTATION: Two gold initials [N, 4 ll. and C, 2 ll.] on grounds of solid colour with silver foliate motifs (fol. 33r); ornamental initial [P, 2 ll.] for the start of the Incante (fol. 69r); alternate red and blue foliate initials [2 ll.] for chapter divisions (fols. 33r-68v); plain initials [2 ll.] for lesser divisions (fols. 69r-84v); display capitals (fols. 85r-86v).

Production
Place (legacy):

Italy, production, region
Venice, place

Technique:

illumination; whole

Material(s):

parchment; support
gold; medium

Dimension(s):

height
width

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1816; Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion

Provenance:

Commission made for Filippo Basadonna

Associated
Person(s):

Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion; previous owner
Basadonna, Filippo; original owner

Notes:

Zuccolo Padrono (1972, 16-17) attributed the illumination of this commission to the ‘Maestro degli Alberi’, who also illuminated Fitzwilliam Museum 188, item 4, dated November 1522. Christina Dondi (in correspondence) has identified this artist at work in a copy of an incunable Book of Hours (Venice: Johannes Leoviller, De Hallis, c.1485-1488) now in Paris (BnF, Rés. Vélins 1480). Chapters are numbered in the margin, corresponding to the numbers in the capitulary.

Inscription:

secundo folio; balistarios xv

Documentation:

James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1895. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 396-97

Zuccolo Padrono, G. M.. 1972. Sull'ornamentazione marginale di documenti dogali del XVI secolo.
Source Title: Bollettino dei Musei Civici Veneziani 17 () : 3-25

p. 16, fig. 18 (incomplete shelfmark)

Accession:

Object Number: MS 188 item 3
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 182165; input: 2011-03-28; modified: 2012-05-02)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/182165





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