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Illuminated manuscript. Cutting. Leaf from a Dogeâs Commission. Master To. Ve. Parchment, gold, 216 x 153 mm, circa 1539 to circa 1545. Production Place: Italy, Venice.
CONTENT: Commission from Doge Pietro Lando (r. 1539-1545) appointing Antonio (?) Bollani PodestÃ of the terrae humagi (Umag, Croatia) for one year. DECORATION: Miniature of St Anthony Abbot with crutch and bell praying to a vision of Virgin and Child against a mountainous landscape, below it a cartouche with a female figure (Peace?) in liquid gold on a red ground, surrounded by a full historiated border with urns and floral motifs in gold on a ground of solid colour and gold-framed compartments, with the Lion of St Mark in upper margin, St Peter in the outer margin, and a shield of arms hung by a ribbon against a mountainous backdrop in the lower margin and flanked by inscription: ANNO AETATIS LIIII (the numbers are very faded and their reading is uncertain). ORNAMENTATION: Traces of an initial [2 ll.] in gold on square red ground on the verso.