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Register of the Venetian Guild of Musicians: MS 184

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Register of the Venetian Guild of Musicians




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment and paper, iv early paper flyleaves (foliated ii–v) + ix original parchment flyleaves (foliated 1-9) + 161 fols. (foliated 10-171), 210 x 147 mm (135 x 100 mm) up to fol. 22 only, thereafter leaf size and written space vary, 22-24 long lines, ruled in brown ink, catchwords

BINDING: Eighteenth century, red velvet over wooden boards, eight gilt corner pieces stamped with floral motifs and musical instruments, gilt floral boss at the centre of both covers, two gilt clasp on upper cover, two gilt catchplates on lower cover, marbled endleaves, housed in a leather box lined with floral paper and stamped MARIEGOLA RINOUADA SOTTO LA GASTALDIA DI PRE GIACOMO GAITO ANNO 1500 (a note on fol. 2r dates this ‘renovation’ of the manuscript to 1514).

fols. 4r-5r Capitula
fols. 12r-22v Statutes of the Guild of the Sonadori up to 14 March 1476
fols. 22v- 171 Additions from 1478, 1480, 1491 and successive additions dated up to 1805 on added leaves

DECORATION: Two full-page miniatures within simple gold frames surrounded by full borders of painted flowers and spraywork: fol. 10v Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John at the foot of the Cross against a background of a turreted city and blue sky with gold foliate highlighting; fol. 11r The Virgin (patron of the guild) within a mandorla on a silver crescent moon with gold sun rays being crowned by Christ, the mandorla supported by a crowd of red and brightly coloured angels, some blowing horns.

ORNAMENTATION: Two red and blue parted initials with pen flourishing of foliate motifs in red and pink with yellow wash, extending to form partial borders: fol. 12r [A, 4 ll.] and fol. 13r [I, 9 ll.]; alternate red and blue initials [2 ll.] with pink or red pen flourishing for chapter divisions; blue initial [2 ll.] with red pen flourishing for the start of the Capitula; Capitula written in red with blue paraph marks for each chapter heading; first letter after parted initials highlighted in yellow.


History note: The property of the Guild of Musicians, Schuola de Madona Santa Maria de li Sonadori, in Venice from 1476 until 1805; M. Gherardo Molza (ex-libris inside upper cover); William Bragge (1823-1884), FSA, Sheffield; purchased by Samuel Sandars (1837-1894) from Quaritch in 1885-1886; presented by him to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1892.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1892) by Sandars, Samuel

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of paper parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Capitolo primo di sorastanti
  • Location: Fol. 13r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 184
Primary reference Number: 176659
Project ID: 409
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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