Venice A Documentary History, 1450-1630

ISBN-10: 0802084249

ISBN-13: 9780802084248

Edition: 12th 2001

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List price: $42.95
Edition: 12th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 3/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.19" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

David A. Charters is a professor in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick and an amateur sports car racer.

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

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

List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
General Descriptions
Praise of the city of Venice, 1493
A pilgrim's impressions, 1480
Sansovino on building-materials and techniques
The English ambassador's notes, 1612
The dominions of the Venetian Republic: a report by the Spanish ambassador, c.1618
Authority and Government
'An Infinitie of Officers': Theory, Description and Panegyric
Contarini's picture of perfection: the Senate
The Signoria 'in Pien Collegio'
The Doge
Death and election of a Doge noted by a visiting pilgrim, 1462
Some restrictive obligations in the promissione of Doge Moro, 1462
Publication of the new Doge, 1474: an eyewitness report
Ceremonial dignity: the Doge's procession
Elder statesmen: the Procurators of St Mark's
Watchdogs and public prosecutors: the Avogadori di Comun, 1515
The Courts of the Forty
State security and arbitrary power: the Council of Ten
'A very severe magistracy'
Special duties and official secrecy
The Great Council: procedure and function
Order of seating
Procedure in election of office-holders
The Chancery
Florentine admiration for Venice's system of government
Public spectacle
The Corpus Christi procession, 1533
Temporary architecture for the reception of Henri III, King of France, at the Lido, 1574
Defects, Corruption and Adverse Criticism
Benedetto Dei's invective against Venice, c.1472
Radical proposals (c.1500) by an aged patrician (Domenico Morosini)
Indignities of the Dogeship
The deposition of Francesco Foscari, 1457
Discord over a ducal election: 'old and new' families, 1486
Financial abuses of Agostino Barbarigo: investigations in 1501
Leonardo Loredan's want of leadership in the war crisis, 1509
Alvise Mocenigo, scapegoat for misfortunes, 1577
Demagogic tendencies: Marino Grimani's election, 1595
Corrupt practices
Broglio: a curse or a blessing?
Fraudulent voting in the Great Council, 1519
Misconduct and fraud, 1620
Breaches of official secrecy
Reports in 1481
Institution of the Inquisitori di Stato, 1539
Opposition in the 1580s
Powers of the Council of Ten reduced by the younger patricians, 1583
Open government versus restricted government, 1589
A preacher criticizes the government, 1584
Law, Order and Social Policy
Crime and Punishment
Crimes of violence and their punishment
The Lords or Officials of the Night
Ritual execution of an alleged rapist and robber, 1513
Homicide mitigated by insanity: a special case, 1553-4
Crimes of state
An imprisoned foreign agent petitions for clemency, 1497
Execution of a Chancery secretary for breaking official secrets, 1498
Antonio Grimani on trial, 1500
The crime and punishment of Gabriel Emo, 1584-5
Opinions about judicial and penal administration
Imprisonment and execution in the 1480s
A Welsh visitor's comments, 1549
The case for convict oarsmen, c.1553-4
Judges and advocates: a Florentine opinion, c.1569
A papal nuncio's comments on the judicial administration of Venice, c.1580
The Regulation of Society
Food for the city
Against bad flour, 1484, 1494
Growth of population and shortages of food, 1540
Famine and tumult in Venice, 1569-70
The struggle against plague
The plague and the pesthouses, 1464, 1468
The plague orders of 1541
The plague of 1575-7
The defence of morality
The Rialto brothel and the regulation of prostitution, 1460
Sexual dissimulation condemned, 1480
Homosexual practices unpunished, 1509
The regulation of prostitution, 1539
Prostitution and ostentation; the whore defined, 1543
Blasphemy: the Ave maris stella case, 1593
Good order and morality, 1612
Public and Private Wealth
Public Revenue and Expenditure
The valuation of houses and land, 1459
Levying the tenth, 1463
Revenues of the Venetian government in 1469
The sale of minor offices, 1510
The hazards of speculating on customs duties, 1528-9
Restrictions on the transfer of property to religious uses, 1536
Clerical taxation: the grant by Pope Paul III, 1544
Two mercers make a tax return, 1554
Revenue of the Venetian Republic in 1587, 1594 and 1602
Expenditure of the Venetian Republic in 1587, 1594 and 1602
Public Borrowing: the Monti
The establishment of a state loan fund, 1482
Investment in public loan funds and in land, 1509
The repayment of public debt, 1577-84
Commerce: Fortunes Made and Lost
The abundance of good things in Venice
In the late fifteenth century
In the early seventeenth century
The establishment of a board of trade, 1507
Indebtedness and business failure, c.1500
Nicolo Baron, Venetian citizen
Heinrich Stamler and brothers, German merchants
The activities and misfortunes of a merchant family, the Zane, 1524-50
Letter of a merchant in Aleppo, 1551
Failure of a bank, 1584
An agreement to establish a merchant partnership, 1596
Conspicuous Consumption and Styles of Living
A magistracy to administer sumptuary laws, 1515
The regulation of banquets, 1562
Regulation of the wearing of pearls, 1562
Living well: supper and conversation in Titian's house
Living poorly: the squalid lodgings of Anton Francesco Doni, 1550
'The Present Face of Religion Here'
The Clergy and the People
Elections of parish clergy, c.1460, 1517
The earthquake of 1511 and the purging of sin and misbelief
The clergy and musicians of St Mark's, 1581, 1626
The churches of Venice and the education of the clergy, 1604, 1612
An English Protestant looks at Venetian religious life, 1608
Religious Houses and Reform
Splendour and worldliness: Santi Giovanni e Paolo in the 1480s
Laxity and strict observance: the reform of nunneries, 1519-21
Foundation of a magistracy responsible for convents, 1521
Abuses in the convent of San Zaccaria, 1528, 1585
The misconduct of nuns' servants, 1528
An illicit liaison between a nobleman and a nun, 1585
Monks, friars and nuns, c.1580
Fraternities of the Laity: the Scuole Grandi and Piccole
The rule of a lay fraternity, 1535
Criticism of the Scuole Grandi, 1541
A smith's rebellion against the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, 1555
Conflict and Compromise with the Holy See
The Interdict of Pope Sixtus IV, 1482
The contest for preferments, 1533
The Apostolic Visitation, 1580-1
The Interdict of Pope Paul V, 1606
The Jesuits, 1619
Heresy and Superstition
The appointment of three noblemen to attend the Inquisition, 1547, 1551
An Anabaptist synod in Venice, 1550
Veronese before the Inquisition, 1573
Magic and superstition, c.1580
Social Orders
The Nobility
The life cycle and family arrangements
The regulation of baptismal ceremonies, 1505
The registration of noble births, 1506
A marriage contract, 1583
Partial division of a fraterna, 1593
Clauses from the wills of a nobleman, 1606, 1611
A widow hands over her estate to her sons, 1613
Death of a patrician, 1527
Service to the state
An embassy to Spain, 1561
Equipping a galley during the War of Cyprus, 1570-1
The office of Bailo in Constantinople, 1598
Nobles, citizens and people in Venice, c.1618
The Citizenry
The life cycle and family arrangements
Pages from a family chronicle, 1456-1506
A merchant's child and his progress, 1509-11
The death and burial of a Secretary of the Council of Ten, 1524
The citizens, the popolo and the state
Nobles and citizens in Venice, 1509
Maximilian of Habsburg's appeal to the people of Venice, 1511
Service to the state
A secretary's career, c.1496-1516
Election of the Grand Chancellor, 1511
Losing the post of Grand Chancellor, 1581
Citizenship by privilege
Citizenship at home and abroad, 1552
Two citizens of Bergamo seek citizenship of Venice, 1629-30
Craftsmen, Boatmen and Porters
The craft and wares of the mercers, 1446
Charity, ritual and work: the charcoal-bearers, 1479
The boatmen of San Toma
The craft and the brotherhood: master bakers and German assistants, 1543
The protest of the Arsenal craftsmen, 1581
The porters at the Arsenal, 1586-8
Craftsmen as oarsmen: manning the reserve fleet, 1595
Charity and the Poor
The General Situation
The charities of Venice, 1497
The hospitals of Venice, c.1500
The general scheme for poor relief, 1529
The Poor in Hospital
An indulgence for a Venetian hospital, 1487
The hospital of the Incurabili, 1522, 1539
Chronically sick beggars are compelled to enter the hospital
The governing-body of the hospital
Foundlings and orphans
Adoption of a child from the foundling-hospital
Wages of orphans working outside the hospital of the Derelitti at Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Raising money by singing
Making sails for the Arsenal
Child abandonment and the hospital of the Pieta
Responsibilities of the Mendicanti and other hospitals, 1619
The House Poor and the Shamefaced Poor
The poor brothers of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, 1478
Requests for aid from the Scuole Grandi, 1558-93
Antonio, shoemaker of Rio Marin
Filomena Stella, widow of Paulo d'Anna, formerly Guardian Grande of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco
The shamefaced poor, 1596
'Most of their People are Foreigners'
The Germans
German merchants and the exchange house, 1475
House rules for the new Fondaco dei Tedeschi, 1508
Heresy and irreligion among the Germans of Venice, c.1580
Auctioning the Black Eagle inn, 1630
The Greeks
The church and the Scuola at San Biagio in Castello, 1470, 1498
The church of San Giorgio dei Greci, 1511
A preacher censured for attacking the Greeks, 1596
'Ebrei Tedeschi': the Germanic and Italian Jews
The 'Geto at San Hieronimo', 1516
The conversion of a Jew to Christianity, c.1569
Licence for a Jewish physician, 1589
Moneylending and the second-hand trade, 1624
'Ebrei Levantini e Ponentini': the Sephardic Jews
Levantine Jews and the Ghetto Vecchio, 1541
Motives for expelling the Marranos, 1550
The charter of the Jewish merchants, 1589
The Turks
House rules for the new Fondaco dei Turchi, 1621
Cultural Life: Learning and Literature, Book-Publishing, Entertainment
The Promotion of Learning and Literature
The origins of St Mark's library: Cardinal Bessarion's gift, 1468
Humanist historiography for Venice: a justification, 1487
The impact of printing: Aldus's workshop as an intellectual centre
The Rialto School of philosophy in session, 1524
Bembo's acknowledgement of Tuscan superiority in language
The establishment of schools in the sestieri, 1551
The Venetian Academy and its programme of universal knowledge, 1560
Sarpi's presence in intellectual circles, c.1600
The Business Organization of Early Printing and Publishing
A contract between two Germans to print Bibles, 1478
Copyright legislation to protect Sabellicus's History of Venice, 1486
Two partners petition for copyright to print classical Greek authors, 1497
Jacopo de'Barbari's panoramic view of Venice: petition for copyright, 1500
Business records of Aldus Manutius and Andrea di Asola, 1500-1
The printing of music: a composer in search of an agent, 1536
The Statutes of the Modesti, a Company of the Hose, 1487
Comedies sponsored by a Company of the Hose during Carnival, 1525
Entertainment in the Doge's Palace during Carnival, 1526
Role reversal: masquerades during Carnival, 1533
Aquatic spectacle: a mock naval battle, 1530
Commissions for verse and music, 1534
Reopening of theatres after the Interdict, 1607
The Visual Arts
Art for the State, Confraternities and Churches
Literary praise for art and artists
The benefits to Jacopo Sansovino of working in Venice, 1537
Venetian art explained to foreign visitors, 1561
Secular commissions and political imagery
Perugino's contract to paint in the Hall of the Great Council, 1494
The clocktower on the Piazza, 1496-1500
Doge Loredan's perceptions of political imagery, 1509
Political iconography of a flagstaff base in the Piazza, c.1542
A programme for redecorating the Ducal Palace after the fire of 1577
The ceiling-framework for the hall of the Senate, 1578-82
A design for the new Rialto Bridge, 1587
Art in the service of diplomacy
Mantuan artists refused permission to copy a map, 1506
A picture for the sister of the King of France, 1515-16
Art in conflict with government
Venetian sculptors and stonemasons object to foreign competition, 1491
Durer is prosecuted by the Painters' Guild, 1506
Control over expenditure by the Procurators of St Mark's on portraits, 1580
Order for the destruction of a statute at Belluno, 1623
Art for confraternities and churches
A commission from the Scuola della Carita, 1539
Faked mosaic work at St Mark's: Titian's evidence, 1563
Contract of Veronese for the refectory of San Giorgio Maggiore, 1562
The resolution to build the church of Santa Maria della Salute, 1630
Private Commissions
An overseas order for a devotional picture, 1473
Doge Agostino Barbarigo's altarpiece
Lotto alters a portrait to please a friend, 1542
Lotto paints his landlord's family, 1547
Sacred and profane pictures for the King of Spain, 1554
Doge Marino Grimani orders marble sculpture for his tomb, 1601
Collections, Connoisseurs and Critical Values
Andrea Odoni's collection, 1532
A problem of attribution, 1529
Gabriel Vendramin describes and justifies his collection, 1548
Architectural style for the Duke of Milan's house in Venice, 1461
A comparison of Giovanni Bellini with later painters
Aretino encourages and criticizes Tintoretto, 1548
Palladio criticized in a dispute with the Scuola dei Mercanti, 1572
Working-Practice, Technique and Style of Life
The property of a prosperous and literate painter, 1461
Durer's comments on Venetian artists, 1506
A painter's day-to-day expenses, 1541
Lotto takes an apprentice, 1548
The elderly Titian at work
A sculptor orders his own tomb, 1576
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