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The Sale of the Century: Artistic Relations between Spain and Great Britain, 1604-1655
     

The Sale of the Century: Artistic Relations between Spain and Great Britain, 1604-1655

by Jonathan Brown, John H. Elliott
 

ISBN-10: 0300097611

ISBN-13: 9780300097610

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

In 1649, following his defeat in the civil war, Charles I was executed, and his personal effects, including his great collection of works of art, were put up for sale. Over the next four years, masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Mantegna, Veronese, and other famous artists were covertly acquired by the Spanish ambassador in London. He shipped them to Madrid, where

Overview

In 1649, following his defeat in the civil war, Charles I was executed, and his personal effects, including his great collection of works of art, were put up for sale. Over the next four years, masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Mantegna, Veronese, and other famous artists were covertly acquired by the Spanish ambassador in London. He shipped them to Madrid, where they were divided between the collections of Philip IV and his principal minister, Luis de Haro. In this book distinguished historians and art historians trace the political and artistic relationship of Britain and Spain in the first half of the seventeenth century, culminating in this “Sale of the Century.” The book includes portraits and biographies of the leading figures, contemporary representations of the major historical events, and an account of many of the masterpieces that moved from London to Madrid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300097610
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.63(w) x 12.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction13
A Troubled Relationship: Spain and Great Britain, 1604-165517
Spanish and English Diplomatic Representatives39
Artistic Relations Between Spain and England 1604-165541
The Arundel Collection: Collecting and Patronage in England in the Reigns of Philip III and Philip IV69
Luis De Haro as Minister, Patron and Collector of Art87
Pictorial Decoration of the Escorial During the Reign of Philip IV107
Catalogue
The Treaty142
The Prince of Wales's Visit156
The Decade of the 1630s192
The Sale of the Century220
Spanish Acquisitions from British Collections256
Documentary Appendix: Documents Relating to the Charles I Sale in the Archivo De La Casa De Alba [ACA]278
Bibliography298
Index308

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