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The Resource [Contract for work on the foundations of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, with note requesting amendments to the contract]

[Contract for work on the foundations of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, with note requesting amendments to the contract]

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[Contract for work on the foundations of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, with note requesting amendments to the contract]
Title
[Contract for work on the foundations of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, with note requesting amendments to the contract]
Title variation
  • Belt Manuscript 68
  • Belt 68
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ita
Summary
Forgeries, probably executed in the 1860s in Rome by well-known scholar-forger Girolamo Amati, probably in collaboration with Franz Kühlen, of documents relating to Raphael's design and construction changes to the foundations of St Peter's Basilica.
Cataloging source
CLU
Citation location within source
  • page 6
  • F33, F34
Citation source
  • Ferrari, M. Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Shearman, J. "False documents," Raphael in Early Modern sources
Index
no index present
Language note
Text in Italian
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
The first document purports to be a contract in the hand of Raphael, who had been appointed head architect of St. Peter's in 1514, and signed by him, the general contractor and provider of materials Giuliano Leni, mason Domenico di Francesco Bonello, and witnessed by notary Francesco Vigorosi. The original design of the basilica by Donato Bramante called for the great dome to be supported by four piers, keeping open the circular space below the domes. It was thought that the four piers did not adequately support the massive dome, and following Bramante's death in 1514, Raphael contracted masons to strengthen the foundation and piers. The contract stipulates the work to be done, and the payments to be made. The second leaf contains a note by the contractor Giuliano Leno, dated 2 August 1514, in which he asks the notary Francesco Vigorosi to amend the agreement between Raphael and Bonello as outlined in the first document. According to John Shearman, it can be shown that the documents are forgeries, based on the fact that the first document was written with steel pens, and that the two documents display discrepancies in the spelling of Bonello's name and in Leni's two signatures, In addition, it was known that Amati plundered archives to obtain good specimens of Vigorosi's signature to copy in his forgeries; see Shearman's Raphael in Early Modern Sources (1483-1602) (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press), especially volume 2, pages 1492-1497
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[Contract for work on the foundations of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, with note requesting amendments to the contract]
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  • Script: Humanistic script
  • Binding: disbound leaves foliated 279-280, formerly sewn into a volume; now housed in a four-flap manila phase folder bound in a light green pamphlet binding
  • Provenance: According to Ferrari, the leaves were located in Rome sometime around 1865, in possession of Major Franz Kühlen; they were given to the American banker Joseph W. Hambuechen when he left Florence to return to the United States before World War II; acquired from him by Karl Loevenich of New York in 1972; later owned by Lawson Ridgeway of Dallas, Texas
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
1 bifolium ([2] leaves]
Immediate source of acquisition
Lawson Ridgeway ;
Note
Forms part of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana in UCLA Library Special Collections.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)909302223
  • ucoclc909302223
Label
[Contract for work on the foundations of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, with note requesting amendments to the contract]
Publication
Note
  • Script: Humanistic script
  • Binding: disbound leaves foliated 279-280, formerly sewn into a volume; now housed in a four-flap manila phase folder bound in a light green pamphlet binding
  • Provenance: According to Ferrari, the leaves were located in Rome sometime around 1865, in possession of Major Franz Kühlen; they were given to the American banker Joseph W. Hambuechen when he left Florence to return to the United States before World War II; acquired from him by Karl Loevenich of New York in 1972; later owned by Lawson Ridgeway of Dallas, Texas
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
1 bifolium ([2] leaves]
Immediate source of acquisition
Lawson Ridgeway ;
Note
Forms part of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana in UCLA Library Special Collections.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)909302223
  • ucoclc909302223

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