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Detailed record for Additional 20916, f. 3

Title Leaf of a Doge's Commission from Leonardo Loredan to Antonio Foscarini as capitano of the Riviera of Brescia and provisor of Salò
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date c. 1501- c. 1521
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Artists Attributed to Benedetto Bordon (b. Padua 1445-50 or 1460, d. Padua 1530).
Decoration 1 full-page miniature in colours and gold, of Antonio Foscarini being presented to the Virgin and Child by (left to right) Anthony Abbot, Nicholas of Bari and Bernardino of Siena, in a zoomorphic cartouche made up of two sphinxes. Below the winged lion of Mark (symbolising Venice), the inscription in square capitals 'Nos Leonardus Lau / redanus Dei Gratia / Dux / Venetiarum et cae', and the Foscarini arms, or a bend lozengy azure. The whole on a ground decorated with scrolling foliage and classical armour within a painted frame. On the verso, 1 small decorated initial ‘C’ in colours and gold, beginning the text ‘Comittimus tibi nobili viro An / tonio fuschareno dilecto civi / [et] fideli nostro qui in bona gratia vadas et sis / Capitaneus Ripperi[a]e Brixiensis et Provisor / Salodii…’.
Dimensions in mm 175 x 115
Official foliation Parchment leaf in a double-sided window mount, foliated as '3'.
Form Parchment leaf in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with other leaves.
Binding N/A
Provenance Antonio Foscarini, Venetian nobleman and governor during the dogate of Leonardo Loredan (1501-1521): his arms and name (f. 3; Loredan's dates inscribed in pencil in a modern hand (f. 3v); inscribed 'Comittimus tibi nobili viro An / tonio fuschareno dilecto civi / [et] fideli nostro q[ui] in bona gratia vadas et sis / Capitaneus Rippeti[a]e Brixiensis [et] Provisor / Salodii. In quo Regimine stare [et] esse debeas p[er] / unum annu[m] e tantu[m] plus quantu[m] Successor tuus / illuc venire distulerit. Stare [et] habitare debeas in / Salodio i[n] domo in qua potestas n[oste]r qui hinc ad / illud regimen mittebatur habitate consuenerat. // Judicare debeas i[n] dicta terra i[n] criminalibus / [et] exigere introitus n[ost]ros [et] h[?ab]ere custodiam ip[s]ius / loci et alia facere qu[a]e facere solebat Potestas qui / ex venetiis ad dictum locum mittebatur p[ae]terq[ue] / in Civilibus non te habeas impedire. // Diem autem qua applicueris ad ipsium regimen / nobis tuis litteris significabis. // Habere debes de tuo Salvatio in anno et ratione / dmii ducatos tricentos quiquagi[n]ta auri liberos' (f. 3v).
Charles Stuart, baron Stuart de Rothesay (b. 1779, d. 1845), diplomatist: his sale 31 May 1855, lot 2249/1 (f. 3v); lot purchased for £3 18s by the British Museum, according to an annotated Western Manuscripts departmental copy of the sale catalogue.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present leaf is one of 33 leaves and cuttings purchased by the British Museum at the de Rothesay sale in 1855. It is boxed with Add. 20916, ff. 4-9. To see this leaf in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 20916, ff. 3-9.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1854-1860 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1875), p. 289.

D. S. Chambers, 'Merit and Money: The Procurators of St Mark and their Commissioni, 1443-1605', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 60 (1997), 23-88 (p. 25 n. 8).

Susy Marcon, 'Bordon, Benedetto', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), p. 124.


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Commission from Leonardo Loredan to Antonio Foscarini

f. 3
Commission from Leonardo Loredan to Antonio Foscarini
Commission from Leonardo Loredan to Antonio Foscarini

f. 3
Commission from Leonardo Loredan to Antonio Foscarini

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