Bergamo: Dalla Stamperia Locatelli, ca. 1792. Folio. 410 x 285 mm. (16 x 11 inches). Engraved portrait by Domenico Cagnoni after a design by Pietro Roncalli. Original decorated paste paper wrappers.
It is unusual for the woman of the house to receives such a beautifully printed tribute as the one produced by the city fathers of Bergamo for Elena Sagredo Buzzaccarini. In typical fashion the text is written in ornate 18th century prose but the substance of this honorific contains not only a genealogy of nobile Sagredo family of Venice but significant information about how she contributed to the society and culture of Bergamo as the spouse of Pattaro Marchese Buzzaccarini of Padua. It also describes how she influenced the first families of Bergamo by the manner in which she educated her children and integrated them into the society of that provincial city.
When I first saw the engraved portrait of Elena Sagredo Buzzaccarini by Roncalli, I thought what a disservice he did to her memory. But after reading the text I understood the esteem in which she was held by the local population and that a true rendering only added to her renown. For another image of her and her husband see the medals in copper struck by Anton Guillemard ca. 1791 in the collections of the Frick, item number 2016.2.54.
No copy in OCLC or NUC, ICCU cites Biblioteca Capitolare, Padova only. Schroeder. Genealogico delle Famiglie Confermate Nobile. Venice, 1830. Cicogna. Saggio di Bibliografia Veneziana, 1847.
Pattaro Marchese Buzzaccarini & Elena Sangro. Medals in Copper, ca. 1791.
By Anton Guillemard (active 1769 – 1810; died 1820)_
Frick Collection Item number 2016.2.54. Item #25