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Leaf from a Doge’s Commission: Marlay cutting It. 52

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Leaf from a Doge’s Commission


Artist: Huntington Master




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 219 x 149 mm

CONTENTS: Commission from Doge Niccolò da Ponte (1578-1585) appointing Andrea Contaren (Contarini) as capitaneus Bergomi for ten months

DECORATION: Full-page oval miniature with kneeling figure of Andrea Contaren (Contarini) receiving his richly bound commission from an enthroned St Mark, with landscape background and Holy Spirit above, set within a full border of gold ornament with cartouche in lower border inscribed AETAT. XLV (the recipient’s age at the time of the commission).

ORNAMENTATION: On the reverse, two gold initials [2 ll.] with gold foliate flourishing; the first four lines of the text and the name ANDREA CONTAREN are written in gold epigraphic capitals.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

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


Last quarter of 16th century
Circa 1578 CE - Circa 1585 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 52
Primary reference Number: 176698
Project ID: 1397
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 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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