Summary of the Sumary:
The Triumph of Hymeneus
A. Friday 26 - A procession to the Castle Novillara
Diana the Huntress greets Constantia. (Fols. 2
Constantia arrive at first triumphal arch. (Fols. 3 and following
B. Saturday 27 - A procession to Pesaro
The gentelman greets Constantia. They are Hercules Sfortia, Duke of Urbino, Duke of Calabria, the Duke of Ferrara, and Costantio Sortia (sic), the husband. (Fols. 6
A ship (bucietoro) out of town to receive Constantia, near to the door of the city. (Fols. 6, 7, 8
Camilla receive the keys of the city (the land). Entry in the city.
C. Saturday 27 - A procession to the Court
The triumph chariot of Chastity (Pudicia
) greets Constanzia. Chastity gives the "heart's husband keys" to Camilla. (Fols. 8, 9
Under a baldaquino
(pabillion, thats the card of lover) with the colors gold and silver, the husbands, escorted by soldiers, continued to the Court.
Another triumphal arch. (Fols. 10
Giant dance. (view example
Follow up to a square where a fountain with six faces in Piazza Grande (near the court). (I think this is a simbolic fountain, perhaps, relationsip with the eternal young. We can remember de fountain of cards of lover). (Fols. 11, 12
Go to the court and go to sleep.
D. Sunday 28 - Wedding ceremony
The husbands and many important people go to Sala Grande,
in the Court.
Collenuco Pandolph said a Sermon (lasting one hour).
Monsignor of Terni, envoy of Pope, blesses them.
11.00 hours. Go to the episcopate (the Church). They walk under a baldaquino.
Those carrying the baldacchino are four youngs, 14 year olds: Piero Gentile da Camerino, Carlo Sforza, Ercole Sforza and Ercole Bentivoglio. They are married by Bishop of Terni. They return to court and come to rest. (Fols. 15 et passim
E. Sunday 28 - Cosmic banquet
At 15.hours start a banquet in the Great Hall. (Fols. 17 et passim
The banquet is hosted by the Sun
and the Moon.
The Sun heads the first half and the moon presides over the second half.
Each round of dishes (and there are many), is given by a god. When leaving a god, is preceded by a herald (a messenger, a servant). The Herald carries a banner, which is picked up by two young beautiful: Castor and Pollux.
The sequence is:
a) Appear (entry) the god and his messenger (his servant).
c) Handing over the banner.
d) recites a poem.
e) the dishes are served food that God sends. ( “cioe”).
Everytime a god, he "passed on" to the newlyweds their influences. For example, Juno gives wealth. That is, there are three concepts in each round: the god, the servant and the message passed by the poem and the concept protected by the god. And there are three iconographic elements: the appearance of the God, the appearance of the messenger, and the appearance of the emblem. Ok?
Part One - The Gods of the Sun
(Presentation of the Sun:
Before the banquet started, the roof fell a shower of gold and the sun descends
The "Sun" recites a poem, which blesses the couple. He says that nothing will separate and Fortune and Virtue will always be together until death.
Fortuna cum virtues will congiunta
First god of the Sun:
Dont have mesenger(the first exception)
Idea (blessing): sweetness, pleasure, delight
Second god of the Sun:
Idea: Love chaste
Third Sun god:
Idea: good luck, god of the husbands.
Fourth sun god:
Idea: wealth, goddess of wives
Fifth Sun god
Idea: power generator
Sixth Sun God:
Idea: wisdom, skill of women, peace, wisdom
Gods of the Moon
First god of the Moon:
Idea: Honesty, modesty, heat preserving life.
Second god of the Moon:
Idea: Generation fame
Third god of the Moon:
Fourth god of the Moon,
Idea: strength, victories, triumphs
Fifth god of the moon:
Ideas: pleasure, fertility
Sixth moon god:
Seventh god of the Moon:
Influence of Fortuna
No servant (second exception)
22.00 aprox. Go to sleep.
F. Monday 29 - the parade of gifts
Upon awakening going to the Great Hall.
First Mountain. Enter an artificial mountain.
The dances of "wild man" (humo selvatico) and lyon. (Fols. 46
The dances of two young men (buskers?). (Fols. 47
Ten youngs (5 dresses in green, and 5 dress in alesandrina silk) dancing acrobatic. (Fols. 47
The ambassadors and other famous persons (subjects of Constantine) give their gifts.
The procession of Jews, sent by the Universita dei Giudei di Pesaro.
The Queen of Sheba. Two elephants. One for the queen; another for her court. Gives presents. (Fols. 48, 49
Enter a second mountain. At the top of the mountain there is a tower. On the tower is a spiritello. Exit an old man, Roboam, and ask to Constantio fields to work, because they have lost theirs. Constantio give camps. 12 young people exit and dance. The dance represents the agricultural work. From planting to harvesting wheat. (Fols. 50, 51
The procession of the planets. Each planet is in a car with emblems on wheels (triumph). The planets are in this order: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. The planets give away his kingdom (and influence) the spouses. This part is very difficult to understand. Only explained in verses which seem to have a double meaning all erotic. It appears that the meaning its a bless of copulation and married life. (Fols. 53 et passim
G. Monday 29 - Great breakfast
Start a great banquet in the Great Hall.
Bring many castles of sugar.
Dance in the form of S (il Biscione). Great music and sweet foods, such as marzipan and candied.
Antonio Constanzio di Farne recites a poem in Latin. (Fols. 63
Bring more sugar's castles.
Enter a camel (an artifact of wood). The rider is dressed in a black oriental. Throw candy and sweets to people. (Fols. 68
Ludovico di Bartolomeo send a private gift. It is a great castle of sugar, two oxen transported sugar (I suppose on a platform on wheels). At the top is Chastity. He recites a poem and leaves. (Fols. 69
Sign in Poetry. Her hair is loose, a laurel wreath. On one hand holding a golden apple, covered with a veil. The veil is written the word "Veritas" to "prove that under the poetical veil hiding the truth."
Poetry is accompanied by 3 beautiful ladies. They are Grammar, Rhetoric and Astrology. These ladies lead the Mount Parnassus (in sugar). At Mount Parnassus are statues of Apollo and the nine muses.
Then came the procession of Poetry. There are 20 poets. Ten Greeks and ten Latino. Each poet has a book of sugar. Each poet recited a couplet to the spouses (its not write) and give them the book. (Fols. 70 et passim
Rest until evening.
H. Monday 29 - Girandola - Fireworks
Party in the square (by night). Fireworks. Lot music and dance. In the center of the square is a "Girandola." This is a sort of wheel emerging from the fireworks.
The Girandola is made in wood. In the center is a representation (in silver) on the celestial sphere and the zodiac.
This area is supported by three giant heads that spit fire. In addition, there are three serpents ranging from celestial sphere giant heads. Also throw fire.
Enter the car of the god of Love is very high (18 feet). Silver is "surrounded by fire." The god of love has lighted arrows with the tips of fire. Around 12 spiritelli sing and dance. (Fols. 74
I. Tuesday. Day 30 - La Giostra.
(Fols. 75 et passim).
(La Giostra is a tournament, a joust).
In the morning go to the field of the tournament. It's raining and windy. Return to "cortile", in the palace, and, I think they see a play (the text is unclear), "Il Cavaliero della Gatta". Leave the rain, returning to the field of Giostra.
There are two captains (di capi scuadra). One is Niccolo di Barignano. Another is Renieri degli Almerighi.
In the middle of the field, come on the carriage of Fame. On the 4 sides are 2 spiritellos shields. They have a trumpet and a plant related with the purity ("giglio"). In the center of the car is interesting decor. At the bottom, an "old face" (dont said which one). Then, a triangle with "harpies" and claim the globe. Then, three men sitting: Caesar, Alexander and Scipio. Description in (Fols. 77
Begin the fight on horseback with lances (the typical medieval tournament). There are four awards.
First prize wins Constantio
Second, Niccolo da Barignano
Third: Giovanni Ubaldini, squire of the Duke of Urbino.