XXV

 

  1. THE BOOK OF THE COUNCIL MAJOR

  2. 1255 be it enacted:

  3. That they mustn't shoot crap in the hall

  4. of the council, nor in the small court under

  5. pain of 20 danari, be it enacted:

  6. 1266 no squire of Venice to throw dice

  7. anywhere in the palace or

  8. in the loggia of the Rialto under pain of ten soldi

  9. or half that for kids, and if they wont pay

  10. they are to be chucked in the water. be it enacted

  11. In libro pactorum

  12. To the things everlasting

  13. memory both for live men and for the future et

  14. quod publice innotescat

  15. in the said date, dicto millessimo

  16. of the illustrious lord, Lord John Soranzo

  17. by god's grace doge of Venice in the Curia

  18. of the Palace of the Doges,

  19. neath the portico next the house of the dwelling of

  20. the Castaldio and of the heralds of the Lord Doge.

  21. being beneath same a penthouse or cages

  22. or room timbered (trabesilis) like a cellar

  23. one Lion male and one female simul commorantes

  24. which beasts to the Lord Doge were transmitted small

  25. by that serene Lord King Frederic of Sicily, the

  26. said lion knew carnally and in nature the Lioness

  27. aforesaid and impregnated in that manner that animals

  28. leap on one another to know and impregnate

  29. on the faith of several ocular witnesses

  30. Which lioness bore pregnant for about three months

  31. (as is said by those who saw her assaulted)

  32. and in the said millessimo and month on a sunday

  33. 12th. of the month of September about sunrise on

  34. St. Mark's day early but with the light already apparent

  35. the said lioness as is the nature of animals

  36. whelped per naturam three lion cubs vivos et pilosos

  37. living and hairy which born at once began life and motion

  38. and to go gyring about their mother throughout the

  39. aforesaid room as saw the aforesaid Lord Doge and as it

  40. were all the Venetians and other folk who were in

  41. Venice that day that concurred all for this as it were

  42. miraculous sight. And one of the animals is a male

  43. and the other two female

  44.                        I John Marchesini Ducal notary of the

  45.                        Venetians as eyewitness saw the

  46.                        nativity of these animals thus by

  47.                       mandate of the said Doge wrote this

  48.                       and put it in file.

  49. Also a note from Pontius Pilate dated the "year 33."

  50. Two columns (a. d. 1323) for the church of St. Nicholas of the

  51. palace 12 lire gross.

  52. To the procurators of St. Marc for entrance to the

  53. palace, for gilding the images and the lion over the door

  54. ... to be paid ...


  55. Be it enacted:

  56. to Donna Sorantia Soranzo that she come for the

  57. feast of Ascension by night in a covered boat and

  58. alight at the ripa del Palazzo, and when first sees the

  59. Christblood go at once up into the Palace and may

  60. stay in the Palace VIII days to visit the Doge her

  61. father not in that time leaving the palace, nor

  62. descending the palace stair and when she descends it

  63. that she return by night the boat in the like manner

  64. being covered. To be revoked at the council's pleasure.

  65.                                accepted by 5 of the council

  66. 1335. 3 lire 15 groats to stone for making a lion.

  67. 1340. Council of the lords noble, Marc Erizio

  68. Nic. Speranzo, Tomasso Gradonico:

  69.                                                                       that the hall

  70. be new built over the room of the night watch

  71. and over the columns toward the canal where the walk is ...


  72. ... because of the stink of the dungeons. 1344.

  73. 1409... since the most serene Doge can scarce

  74. stand upright in his bedroom ...

  75.                                vadit pars, two gross lire

  76. stone stair, 1415, for pulchritude of the palace

  77.                                                             254 da parte

  78.                                                                   de non 23

  79.                                                                   4 non sincere


  80. Which is to say: they built out over the arches

  81. and the palace hangs there in the dawn, the mist,

  82. in that dimness,

  83. or as one rows in from past the murazzi

  84. the barge slow after moon-rise

  85. and the voice sounding under the sail.

  86. Mist gone.

  87.                  And Sulpicia

  88. green shoot now, and the wood

  89. white under new cortex

  90. "as the sculptor sees the form in the air

  91.                 before he sets hand to mallet,

  92. "and as he sees the in, and the through,

  93.                                                           the four sides

  94. "not the one face to the painter

  95. As ivory uncorrupted:

  96.                                         " Pone metum Cerinthe"

  97. Lay there, the long soft grass,

  98.                   and the flute lay there by her thigh,

  99. Sulpicia, the fauns, twig-strong,

  100.                                          gathered about her;

  101. The fluid, over the grass

  102. Zephyrus, passing through her,

  103.                                         "deus nec laedit amantes."

  104. Hic mihi dies sanctus;

  105. And from the stone pits, the heavy voices,

  106. Heavy sound:

  107.                               " Sero, sero ...

  108. "Nothing we made, we set nothing in order,

  109. "Neither house nor the carving,

  110. "And what we thought had been thought for too long;

  111. "Our opinion not opinion in evil

  112. "But opinion borne for too long.

  113. "We have gathered a sieve full of water."

  114. And from the comb of reeds, came notes and the chorus

  115. Moving, the young fauns: Pone metum,

  116. Metum, nec deus laedit.

  117. And as after the form, the shadow,

  118. Noble forms, lacking life, that bolge, that valley

  119. the dead words keeping form,

  120. and the cry: Civis Romanus.

  121. The clear air, dark, dark,

  122. The dead concepts, never the solid, the blood rite,

  123. The vanity of Ferrara;

  124. Clearer than shades, in the hill road

  125. Springing in cleft of the rock: Phaethusa

  126. There as she came among them,

  127. Wine in the smoke-faint throat,

  128. Fire gleam under smoke of the mountain,

  129. Even there by meadows of Phlegethon

  130. And against this the flute: pone metum.

  131. Fading, that they carried their guts before them,

  132. And thought then, the deathless,

  133. Form, forms and renewal, gods held in the air,

  134. Forms seen, and then clearness,

  135. Bright void, without image, Napishtim,

  136. Casting his gods back into the  νόος.

  137. "as the sculptor sees the form in the air ...

  138. "as glass seen under water,

  139. "King Otreus, my father ...

  140. and saw the waves taking form as crystal,

  141. notes as facets of air,

  142. and the mind there, before them, moving,

  143. so that notes needed not move.

  144. ... side toward the piazza, the worst side of the room

  145. that no one has been willing to tackle,

  146. and do it as cheap or much cheaper ...

  147.                                            (signed) Tician, 31 May 1513

  148. It being convenient that there be an end to

  149. the painting of Titian, fourth frame from the door on

  150. the right of the hall of the greater council, begun

  151. by maestro Tyciano da Cadore since its being thus

  152. unfinished holds up the decoration of said hall on

  153. the side that everyone sees. We

  154. move that by authority of this Council maestro Tyciano

  155. aforesaid be constrained to finish said canvas,

  156. and if he have not, to lose the expectancy of the

  157. brokerage on the Fondamenta delli Thodeschi

  158. and moreover to restore all payments recd. on account of

  159. said canvas.                                                             11 Aug. 1522


  160. Ser Leonardus Emo, Sapiens Consilij:

  161. Ser Philippus Capello, Sapiens Terrae Firmae:


  162. In 1513 on the last day of May was conceded to

  163. Tician of Cadore painter a succession to a brokerage

  164. on the Fondamenta dei Thodeschi, the first to be vacant

  165. In 1516 on the 5th. of december was declared that

  166. without further waiting a vacancy he shd. enter that

  167. which had been held by the painter Zuan Bellin on

  168. condition that he paint the picture of the land battle

  169. in the Hall of our Greater Council on the side toward

  170. the piazza over the Canal Grande, the which Tician after

  171. the demise of Zuan Bellin entered into possession of the

  172. said Sensaria and has for about twenty years profited by

  173. it, namely to about 100 ducats a year not including the

  174. 18 to 20 ducats taxes yearly remitted him it being

  175. fitting that as he has not worked he should not have

  176. the said profits WHEREFORE

  177.                                                             be it moved that the said

  178. Tician de Cadore, pictor, be by authority of this Council

  179. obliged and constrained to restore to our government all the

  180. moneys that he has had from the agency during the time he

  181. has not worked on the painting in the said

  182. hall as is reasonable

  183.                 ayes 102, noes 38,          37 undecided

  184.                                                            register of the senate

  185.                                                           terra 1537, carta 136.


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