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Detailed record for Additional 20916, f. 7

Title Leaf of a Doge's Commission from Francesco Donato to Alvise Tron as provveditore of Insula Vegla (Krk)
Origin Italy, N. E. (Venice)
Date c. 1545 - c. 1553
Language Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to Master T.° Ve. (active in Venice c. 1530- c. 1580).
Decoration 1 full-page miniature in colours and gold, of a bishop, his robe covered in fleurs-de-lis, seated in a mandorla of clouds holding a crown and the Tron family arms above a view of the bacino di San Marco in Venice, and a zoomorphic cartouche inscribed 'Nos Francis / cus Donato Dei / Gratia Dux / Venetiarum et Cetera', within a full border of grotesques, unicorns, and masks in gold monochrome with medallions of Francis of Assisi and Andrew (left) and a personification of Justice and a robed man, who is probably Alvise Tron (right).
Dimensions in mm 225 x 160
Official foliation Parchment leaf in a double-sided window mount, foliated as '7'.
Form Parchment leaf in a double-sided window mount, kept in a box with other leaves.
Binding N/A
Provenance Alvise Tron, Venetian nobleman and governor during the dogate of Francesco Donato (1545-53): his arms (f. 7); inscribed 'Committimus/ tibi nobili viro Aloysio Trono dilecto civi et fideli viro/ q[ui] in nomine Jesu Christi vadas et sis Provisor Insul[a]e/ Vegl[a]e per annos duos, et tantum plus, quantum tuus/ successor illuc venire distulerit, et habere debes bonam/ et diligentiam curam ad conservationem civitatis, et totius insul[a]e/ quam regere et gubernare debeas secundum statuta, et ordinem/ illius civitatis, et insul[a]e, dummodo sit cum honore Dei, et/ dignitate nostri Dominii, verum si in aliquo statutorum/ et ordinum fueris dubius, et si honesta, et convenientia/ non videbuntur, nobis omnia discinde tuis literis signi/ ficabis, ut providere possimus, qua[n]tam honestati et Justitiae/ conveniens nobis visum fuerit, nobis etiam declarando Judi/ cium, et opinionem tuam circa huiusmodo statuta et ordines/ in quibus eris dubius.// Q[ui] debes de die, quod ad Regime[n] / perveneris tuis literis significare / dominio.// Diem autem, quod ad Regimen illius insul[a]e perveneris, nobis / tuis literis significabis.// Pr[a]etera eris diligens, et studiosus ad exigendum introitus, qui / ad publicum pertinent eo ordine, modo, et conditione, quibus' (f. 7v).
Charles Stuart, baron Stuart de Rothesay (b. 1779, d. 1845), diplomatist: his sale 31 May 1855, lot 2258/1 (f. 7v); lot purchased for £3 3s by the British Museum, according to an annotated Western Manuscripts departmental copy of the sale catalogue.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting 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. 3-6 and 8-9. To see this leaf in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 20916, ff. 3-9.
The eponymous miniature of Master T.° Ve. is Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Marlay Cutting, It 43.
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.

J. J. G. Alexander and A. C. de la Mare, The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J. R. Abbey (London: Faber and Faber, 1969), p. 165 n. 3.

Giulia Maria Zuccolo Padrono, 'Il Maestro "T°. Ve" e la sua Bottega: Miniature Veneziane del XVI° Secolo', Arte Veneta 25 (1971), 53-71 (pp. 66-67 fig. 98, 71 n. 21).

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).

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, ed. by Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow, and Lucy Freeman Sandler (London: Harvey Miller, 2005), p. 186 n. 4. [exhibition catalogue].

Laura Nuvoloni, 'Commissioni Dogali: Venetian Bookbindings in the British Library', in For the Love of the Binding: Studies in Bookbinding History Presented to Mirjam Foot, ed. by David Pearson (London: British Library, 2000), 81-109 (p. 106, n. 33).


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Commission from Francesco Donato to Alvise Tron

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Commission from Francesco Donato to Alvise Tron

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