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Detailed record for Additional 20916, f. 12

Title Leaf of a Doge's Commission from Girolamo Priuli to Nicolò Malipiero as capitano of Vicenza
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date c. 1566 - c. 1567
Language Latin
Script Humanistic
Artists Attributed to an artist close to Giorgio Colonna (active in Venice, second half of the 16th century).
Decoration 1 full-page miniature in colours and gold, of a female personification of Justice seated on a chariot drawn by two winged lions, flanked by female personifications of Faith (holding a chalice), Prudence (holding a mirror), Temperance (diluting wine with water from a pitcher) and Charity (with two children) within an architectual frame with the winged lion of Mark, the arms of the Malipiero, ivy leaves and a garland.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 165
Official foliation Parchment leaf in a double-sided window mount, foliated as '12'.
Form Parchment leaf in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with other leaves.
Binding N/A
Provenance Nicolò Malipiero, Venetian nobleman and capitano of Vicenza in 1566-1567 (see Relazioni dei Rettori Veneti in Terraferma, ed. by Amelio Tagliaferri, 14 vols (Milan: Giuffrè, 1973-1979), 7 Podestaria e Capitanato di Vicenza, p. xxxviii) during the dogate of Girolamo Priuli (r. 1559-1567): his arms (f. 12); inscribed 'Nos Hieronymous / Priolus dei gratia / dux venetiarum etc ce[tera] / Committimus / tibi nobili viro Nicolae Maripetro dile / cto civi, et fideli nostro quod in Chris / ti nomine vadas et sis de nostro mandato / Capitaneus Civitatis nostr[a]e Vicentiae per / menses sexdecim et tantum plus quantu[m] / successor tuus illuc venire distulerit: ha / bendo ad custodiam et conservationem / dictae terr[a]e bonam diligentiam atq[ue], cu / ram, sicuti, de probitate tua plene confidimus. // De salario Capitanei et / eius curia. // Habere quidem debes in anno, et ratione / anni libras mille quadringentas parvorum' (f. 12v).
Charles Stuart, baron Stuart de Rothesay (b. 1779, d. 1845), diplomatist: his sale 31 May 1855, lot 2246 ('Lot 1246' inscribed errroneously on f. 12v); purchased for £1 3s 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. 10-11, and 13-17.
To see this leaf in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 20916, ff. 10-17.
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.

Helena Katalin Szépe, 'Civic and Artistic Identity in Illuminated Venetian Documents', Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux-Arts, 95 (2001), 59-78 (p. 60, n. 4).

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).

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Commission from Girolamo Priuli to Nicolò Malipiero

f. 12
Commission from Girolamo Priuli to Nicolò Malipiero

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