Monastery of San Ludovico, Revere (Lombardy), 11 May 1490.
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Letters patent by Giovanni de Sigestro, Vicar General of the minorite friars in the cismontane province, granting lay membership of the order to the Venetian patrician Domenico Tarvisio, his wife Caterina, and their sons and daughters; document on vellum, 17 lines written in a very fine humanist script, dark brown ink, ruled in plummet, five-line illuminated initial ‘M’ in shades of purple, green and blue against a burnished gold ground and with illuminated floral extensions in left-hand and upper margins, signed at foot by Giovanni de Sigestro and with seal of the cismontane minorite friars in red wax attached to the document on two blue, white and yellow cords tipped with metal; creases where folded, a few small stains, small area of loss at foot of seal, but generally in excellent, fresh condition. 235 x 365mm
A beautifully written and illuminated Italian Renaissance charter.
The document addresses Domenico Tarvisio and his family as ‘most devout benefactors of our seraphic prior Francesco’. In recognition of their generosity, the Vicar General of the order, Giovanni de Sigestro, grants them lay membership, full participation in all the sacraments, and the full benefits of all spiritual practices of the order, including masses, fasts, abstinences, pilgrimages, meditations, preaching, confessions and so forth. As a further honour, an obituary announcement will be made for them in the chapter of the order.
The document is signed at the foot by Giovanni de Sigestro (1440–1510).
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