Venice: A Documentary History,1450-1630 / Edition 1

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During the Renaissance, there were two centres of art, culture and mercantile power in Italy: Florence, and Venice. This is a sourcebook of primary materials, almost none previously available in English, for the history of the city-state of Venice. The time period covers the apogee of Venetian power and reputation to the beginnings of its decline in the 1630s. Sources used include diaries, chronicles, Inquisitorial records, literature, legislation, and contemporary descriptions, and are organized in sections by theme and accompanied by brief introductions.

Originally published by Basil Blackwell, 1992.

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Some 150 mostly heretofore unpublished document excerpts describe the Renaissance city-state of Venice, and elucidate aspects of its authority and government; law, order, and social policy; wealth; faces of religion; social orders; charity and the poor; "foreign" residents; cultural life; and visual arts. Includes several illustrations and a glossary of terms. Chambers is with the Warburg Institute. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802084248
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 3/30/2001
  • Series: RSART: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

David Chambers is a Reader in Renaissance Studies, Warburg Institute.

Brian Pullan is with the Department of Modern History, University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
Pt. I General Descriptions 1
1 Praise of the city of Venice, 1493 4
2 A pilgrim's impressions, 1480 21
3 Sansovino on building-materials and techniques 23
4 The English ambassador's notes, 1612 26
5 The dominions of the Venetian Republic: a report by the Spanish ambassador, c.1618 31
Pt. II Authority and Government 37
1 Contarini's picture of perfection: the Senate 41
2 The Signoria 'in Pien Collegio' 43
3 The Doge 45
4 Elder statesmen: the Procurators of St. Mark's 51
5 Watchdogs and public prosecutors: the Avogadori di Comun, 1515 52
6 The Courts of the Forty 53
7 State security and arbitrary power: the Council of Ten 54
8 The Great Council: procedure and function 57
9 The Chancery 59
10 Florentine admiration for Venice's system of government 61
11 Public spectacle 63
12 Benedetto Dei's invective against Venice, c.1472 68
13 Radical proposals (c.1500) by an aged patrician (Domenico Morosini) 70
14 Indignities of the Dogeship 71
15 Corrupt practices 77
16 Breaches of official secrecy 80
17 Opposition in the 1580s 81
Pt. III Law, Order and Social Policy 85
1 Crimes of violence and their punishment 88
2 Crimes of state 91
3 Opinions about judicial and penal administration 97
4 Food for the city 105
5 The struggle against plague 113
6 The defence of morality 120
Pt. IV Public and Private Wealth 131
1 The valuation of houses and land, 1459 136
2 Levying the tenth, 1463 137
3 Revenues of the Venetian government in 1469 139
4 The sale of minor offices, 1510 143
5 The hazards of speculating on customs duties, 1528-9 144
6 Restrictions on the transfer of property to religious uses, 1536 144
7 Clerical taxation: the grant by Pope Paul III, 1544 146
8 Two mercers make a tax return, 1554 147
9 Revenue of the Venetian Republic in 1587, 1594 and 1602 148
10 Expenditure of the Venetian Republic in 1587, 1594 and 1602 153
11 The establishment of a state loan fund, 1482 158
12 Investment in public loan fund and in land, 1509 160
13 The repayment of public debt, 1577-84 162
14 The abundance of good things in Venice 167
15 The establishment of a board of trade, 1507 168
16 Indebtedness and business failure, c.1500 169
17 The activities and misfortunes of a merchant family, the Zane, 1524-50 171
18 Letter of a merchant in Aleppo, 1551 174
19 Failure of a bank, 1584 174
20 An agreement to establish a merchant partnership, 1596 175
21 A magistracy to administer sumptuary laws, 1515 178
22 The regulation of banquets, 1562 178
23 Regulation of the wearing of pearls, 1562 179
24 Living well: supper and conversation in Titian's house 180
25 Living poorly: the squalid lodgings of Anton Francesco Doni, 1550 181
Pt. V 'The Present Face of Religion here' 183
1 Elections of parish clergy, c.1460, 1517 187
2 The earthquake of 1511 and the purging of sin and misbelief 188
3 The clergy and musicians of St. Mark's, 1581, 1626 190
4 The churches of Venice and the education of the clergy, 1604, 1612 193
5 An English Protestant looks at Venetian religious life, 1608 195
6 Splendour and worldliness: Santi Giovanni c Paolo in the 1480s 198
7 Laxity and strict observance: the reform of nunneries, 1519-21 199
8 Foundation of a magistracy responsible for convents, 1521 203
9 Abuses in the convent of San Zaccaria, 1528, 1585 204
10 Monks, friars and nuns, c.1580 206
11 The rule of a lay fraternity, 1535 210
12 Criticism of the Scuole Grandi, 1541 213
13 A smith's rebellion against the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, 1555 216
14 The Interdict of Pope Sixtus IV, 1482 219
15 The contest for preferments, 1533 221
16 The Apostolic Visitation, 1580-1 223
17 The Interdict of Pope Paul V, 1606 225
18 The Jesuits, 1619 227
19 The appointment of three noblemen to attend the Inquisition, 1547, 1551 229
20 An Anabaptist synod in Venice, 1550 230
21 Veronese before the Inquisition, 1573 232
22 Magic and superstition, c.1580 236
Pt. VI Social Orders 239
1 The life cycle and family arrangements 243
2 Service to the state 254
3 Nobles, citizens and people in Venice, c.1618 257
4 The life cycle and family arrangements 263
5 The citizens, the popolo and the state 268
6 Service to the state 272
7 Citizenship by privilege 276
8 The craft and wares of the mercers, 1446 281
9 Charity, ritual and work: the charcoal-bearers, 1479 285
10 The boatmen of San Toma 286
11 The craft and the brotherhood: master bakers and German assistants, 1543 287
12 The protest of the Arsenal craftsmen, 1581 289
13 The porters at the Arsenal, 1586-8 291
14 Craftsmen as oarsmen: manning the reserve fleet, 1595 293
Pt. VII Charity and the Poor 295
1 The charities of Venice, 1497 299
2 The hospitals of Venice, c.1500 302
3 The general scheme for poor relief, 1529 303
4 An indulgence for a Venetian hospital, 1487 307
5 The hospital of the Incurabili, 1522, 1539 308
6 Foundlings and orphans 310
7 Responsibilities of the Mendicanti and other hospitals, 1619 314
8 The poor brothers of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, 1478 316
9 Requests for aid from the Scuole Grandi, 1558-93 317
10 The shamefaced poor, 1596 320
Pt. VIII 'Most of their People are Foreigners' 323
1 German merchants and the exchange house, 1475 328
2 House rules for the new Fondaco dei Tedeschi, 1508 329
3 Heresy and irreligion among the Germans of Venice, c.1580 330
4 Auctioning the Black Eagle inn, 1630 331
5 The church and the Scuola at San Biagio in Castello, 1470, 1498 333
6 The church of San Giorgio dei Greci, 1511 334
7 A preacher censured for attacking the Greeks, 1596 336
8 The 'Geto at San Hieronimo', 1516 338
9 The conversion of a Jew to Christianity, c.1569 339
10 Licence for a Jewish physician, 1589 340
11 Moneylending and the second-hand trade, 1624 342
12 Levantine Jews and the Ghetto Vecchio, 1541 344
13 Motives for expelling the Marranos, 1550 345
14 The charter of the Jewish merchants, 1589 346
15 House rules for the new Fondaco dei Turchi, 1621 350
Pt. IX Cultural Life: Learning and Literature, Book-Publishing, Entertainment 353
1 The origins of St. Mark's library: Cardinal Bessarion's gift, 1468 357
2 Humanist historiography for Venice: a justification, 1487 359
3 The impact of printing: Aldus's workshop as an intellectual centre 360
4 The Rialto School of philosophy in session, 1524 361
5 Bembo's acknowledgement of Tuscan superiority in language 361
6 The establishment of schools in the sestieri, 1551 362
7 The Venetian Academy and its programme of universal knowledge, 1560 364
8 Sarpi's presence in intellectual circles, c.1600 367
9 A contract between two Germans to print Bibles, 1478 370
10 Copyright legislation to protect Sabellicus's History of Venice, 1486 371
11 Two partners petition for copyright to print classical Greek authors, 1497 372
12 Jacopo de'Barbari's panoramic view of Venice: petition for copyright, 1500 373
13 Business records of Aldus Manutius and Andrea di Asola, 1500-1 373
14 The printing of music: a composer in search of an agent, 1536 374
15 The Statues of the Modesti, a Company of the Hose, 1487 377
16 Comedies sponsored by a Company of the Hose during Carnival, 1525 380
17 Entertainment in the Doge's Palace during Carnival, 1526 380
18 Role reversal: masquerades during Carnival, 1533 381
19 Aquatic spectacle: a mock naval battle, 1530 381
20 Commissions for verse and music, 1534 382
21 Reopening of theatres after the Interdict, 1607 382
Pt. X The Visual Arts 385
1 Literary praise for art and artists 390
2 Secular commissions and political imagery 393
3 Art in the service of diplomacy 405
4 Art in conflict with government 408
5 Art for confraternities and churches 410
6 An overseas order for a devotional picture, 1473 418
7 Doge Agostino Barbarigo's altarpiece 418
8 Lotto alters a portrait to please a friend, 1542 419
9 Lotto paints his landlord's family, 1547 420
10 Sacred and profane pictures for the King of Spain, 1554 421
11 Doge Marino Grimani orders marble sculpture for his tomb, 1601 422
12 Andrea Odoni's collection, 1532 424
13 A problem of attribution, 1529 427
14 Gabriel Vendramin describes and justifies his collection, 1548 428
15 Architectural style for the Duke of Milan's house in Venice, 1461 429
16 A comparison of Giovanni Bellini with later painters 431
17 Aretino encourages and criticizes Tintoretto, 1548 431
18 Palladio criticized in a dispute with the Scuola dei Mercanti, 1572 432
19 The property of a prosperous and literate painter, 1461 435
20 Durer's comments on Venetian artists, 1506 437
21 A painter's day-to-day expenses, 1541 438
22 Lotto takes an apprentice, 1548 439
23 The elderly Titian at work 440
24 A sculptor orders his own tomb, 1576 441
References 443
Glossary 460
Index 465
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