Privilege Granted to Giovanni Ostaus, Venice (1556)

Source: Scanned from the manuscripts held in the Venetian State Archives: ASVe, Capi del Consiglio de’ Dieci, Notatorio, reg. 16, fol. 126r.; ASVe, Senato Deliberazioni Terra, reg. 40, fol. 120r.-v. (140r.-v. n.n.); and ASVe, Senato Deliberazioni Terra, filza 23.

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Privilege Granted to Giovanni Ostaus, Venice (1556), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Privilege Granted to Giovanni Ostaus for Multiple Works

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Abstract:
At the apex of the Venetian Republic’s response to the Counter Reformation, Giovanni Ostaus received a privilege in 1556 for the following three works: (1) the illustrated book entitled ‘Contemplatio totius vitae et passionis Domini Nostri Iesu Christi’ (translated as 'Contemplation of the entire Life and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ'); (2) a woodcut of the 'Crucifixion' accompanied by ‘some declarations from the sacred scriptures’; and (3) a ‘booklet which contains the true perfection of drawings and embroidery [patterns]’. In addition to complying with the complicated and, at this stage, extensive privilege and license legislation, Ostaus’s various types of publications detailing the same subject matter is sensitive to the prevailing political sentiments of the time. In a setting of contradictions, Ostaus, an immigrant to Venice from a region with strong connections to the Reformation, chose to obtain privileges for publications that were primarily religious or moral in focus. His works illustrate the Life and Passion of Christ and instruct on the virtuous domestic activities of women, comply with the active censorial policing of printed imagery in Venice and furthermore profit from trends towards the demand for artwork that displayed a strong Catholic response to the Reformation’s directive to destroy religious imagery and extol traditional idioms of virtue.

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Bibliography:
  • Rosand, David and Muraro, Michelangelo, 'Titian and the Venetian Woodcut' (Washington D.C., 1976), pp. 274-276, nos. 85-86.

  • Witcombe, Christopher L.C.E., 'Copyright in the Renaissance: Prints and the Privilegio in Sixteenth-Century Venice and Rome' (Leiden, 2004), pp. 126, 291-292 and 303.


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Year: 1556

Location: Venice

Language: Italian and Latin

Source: Scanned from the manuscripts held in the Venetian State Archives: ASVe, Capi del Consiglio de’ Dieci, Notatorio, reg. 16, fol. 126r.; ASVe, Senato Deliberazioni Terra, reg. 40, fol. 120r.-v. (140r.-v. n.n.); and ASVe, Senato Deliberazioni Terra, filza 23.

Persons referred to:
Contarini, Lucretia
Dürer, Albrecht
Feyerabend, Sigmund
Livy
Lucretia
Marcolini, Francesco
Michiel, Cipriana
Ostaus, Giovanni
Salviati, Giuseppe
Valgrisi, Pietro
Zane, Hieronimo
Zeno, Catherino

Places referred to:
Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main
Padua
Venice

Cases referred to:
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Institutions referred to:
Consiglio dei Dieci (Council of Ten)
Consiglio dei Pregadi (Senate of Venice)
Riformatori dello Studio di Padova
University of Padua

Legislation:
1517: Venetian Decree on Press Affairs
1527: Venetian Decree on Pre-publication Censorship
1545: Venetian Decree on Author-Printer Relations
1549: Decree Establishing the Venetian Guild of Printers and Booksellers

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