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Leaf from a Doge’s Commission: Marlay cutting It. 44

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Leaf from a Doge’s Commission


Master To. Ve. (Artist)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 216 x 153mm

CONTENT: Commission from Doge Pietro Lando (r. 1539-1545) appointing Antonio (?) Bollani Podestà 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.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 16th century
Circa 1539 CE - Circa 1545 CE

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 44
Primary reference Number: 176605
Project ID: 1388
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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