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The “good government” of the Fabbrica: an ancient archive document takes us back to Milan in 1619

Document for January 2016

The Fabbrica del Duomo is an institution which has always accurately and rigorously governed the complex dynamics underlying the construction and maintenance of this wonderful cathedral,  to which it has been dedicating all its energies and resources for over six centuries. To carry out this ambitious mandate, the Chapter of Veneranda Fabbrica developed, over its long history, various procedures aimed at making the action of the Fabbrica as effective as possible in its many spheres of activity.

These types of provisions were generally affixed so that they were public knowledge, as in the case of the document we present this month which was kept, together with many other similar ones, in Item 1, paragraph 3 of the Historic Archive, which contains the Orders for good government of Veneranda Fabbrica, from 1609 to 1764.

THE UNTIRING WORK OF THE FABBRICA IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY COMES ALIVE IN A PRECIOUS DOCUMENT
It is a printed document, with handwritten addition dated (1619 die 26 Augusti) and signed (Christophorus Sola vicecancellarius). The text is preceded by the reproduction of the coat of arms of the Fabbrica, in which the crowned Virgin protects with her cloak, held open by two angels, the Cathedral Church, represented with the ancient facade of Santa Maria Maggiore.

In this Order of 1619, the Capitolo Venerando declares that To remedy the excessive prices of the statues, panels, historiated works and other objects of sculpture and carving in both marble and wood […] said works shall be judged by the engineer who, taking into account all human interests, having God before his eyes and the utility of this holy place, shall issue his considered judgement.

SECRET EXPERTS AND STRICT EVALUATIONS TO COMBAT INFLATION IN MILAN DURING SPANISH RULE
The Chapter, therefore, having ascertained the extraordinary increase in prices in the last fifteen years, decided to subject the artists to the evaluation of an expert, and furthermore: the works, as prescribed, were displayed in the place called “Il Capitoletto”, where the local authorities  […] will secretly call one or two independent art experts who, under oath or at least appealing to their consciences, considering that the works belong to the Madonna, will pronounce in private their judgement and opinion on the price and value of said work […]. Following this provision, therefore, the artists who supplied their works to Veneranda Fabbrica could expect strict evaluations and estimates by the members of the Fabbrica, who were intent on administering with the greatest prudence the resources intended for the creation and decoration of this great architectural workThe Fabbrica del Duomo is an institution which has always accurately and rigorously governed the complex dynamics underlying the construction and maintenance of this wonderful cathedral,  to which it has been dedicating all its energies and resources for over six centuries. To carry out this ambitious mandate, the Chapter of Veneranda Fabbrica developed, over its long history, various procedures aimed at making the action of the Fabbrica as effective as possible in its many spheres of activity.
These types of provisions were generally affixed so that they were public knowledge, as in the case of the document we present this month which was kept, together with many other similar ones, in Item 1, paragraph 3 of the Historic Archive, which contains the Orders for good government of Veneranda Fabbrica, from 1609 to 1764.

THE UNTIRING WORK OF THE FABBRICA IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY COMES ALIVE IN A PRECIOUS DOCUMENT
It is a printed document, with handwritten addition dated (1619 die 26 Augusti) and signed (Christophorus Sola vicecancellarius). The text is preceded by the reproduction of the coat of arms of the Fabbrica, in which the crowned Virgin protects with her cloak, held open by two angels, the Cathedral Church, represented with the ancient facade of Santa Maria Maggiore.
In this Order of 1619, the Capitolo Venerando declares that To remedy the excessive prices of the statues, panels, historiated works and other objects of sculpture and carving in both marble and wood […] said works shall be judged by the engineer who, taking into account all human interests, having God before his eyes and the utility of this holy place, shall issue his considered judgement.

SECRET EXPERTS AND STRICT EVALUATIONS TO COMBAT INFLATION IN MILAN DURING SPANISH RULE
The Chapter, therefore, having ascertained the extraordinary increase in prices in the last fifteen years, decided to subject the artists to the evaluation of an expert, and furthermore: the works, as prescribed, were displayed in the place called “Il Capitoletto”, where the local authorities  […] will secretly call one or two independent art experts who, under oath or at least appealing to their consciences, considering that the works belong to the Madonna, will pronounce in private their judgement and opinion on the price and value of said work […]. Following this provision, therefore, the artists who supplied their works to Veneranda Fabbrica could expect strict evaluations and estimates by the members of the Fabbrica, who were intent on administering with the greatest prudence the resources intended for the creation and decoration of this great architectural work.