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Cutting from a Doge’s Commission: Marlay cutting It. 42a-b

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Current Location: In storage


Cutting from a Doge’s Commission


Artist: Master To. Ve.




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, Marlay cutting It. 42b has been cut to fit and pasted over the text section of Marlay cutting It. 42a and is now partially lifted
Marlay cutting It. 42a 219 x 150mm
Marlay cutting It. 42b 77 x 102mm

Marlay cutting It. 42a, first page of a Commission from Doge Andrea Gritti (r. 1523-1538) appointing Antonio Barbaro Podestà of Brescia (NOS ANDREAS GRITI DEI GRATIA DUX VENETIARUM ETC)
Marlay cutting It. 42b, opening lines of a commission appointing Gregorino de []nelli a Councillor in Corfu (consiliarius corphoi) for two years

Marlay cutting It. 42b the Virgin and Child enthroned between St Dominic and St Bernard, who presents the holder of the commission to the Virgin, the scene framed by two pillars and a plinth with words DIV ET FELIX, with traces of a border in grey with arms and shields in gold.

Marlay cutting It. 42a, opening lines of text written in gold on a red cartouche surmounted by the lion of St Mark standing beside the sea near a cliff-top castle, surrounded by a full border in gold chiaroscuro on grey with arms, trophies, portrait heads and dolphins linked by ribbons; two gold initials [1-2 ll.] on square grounds of solid blue.
Marlay cutting It. 42b, one blue initial [2 ll.]


History note: Commissions produced for Antonio Barbaro and Gregorino de [?]nelli; Two pencil notes, ‘13’ and ‘4.4’, in the margins

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, first half#
Circa 1523 CE - Circa 1538 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 42a-b
Primary reference Number: 176602
Project ID: 1386
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 March 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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