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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300097611

ISBN-13: 9780300097610

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

On 30 January 1649, following his defeat in the English Civil War, Charles I was executed. A few months later, Parliament passed an 'Act for the Sale of the Late King's Goods', and in early October the 'Sale of the Century' began. Over the next four years, masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Mantegna, Veronese and other famous artists were covertly acquired by the…  See more details below

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On 30 January 1649, following his defeat in the English Civil War, Charles I was executed. A few months later, Parliament passed an 'Act for the Sale of the Late King's Goods', and in early October the 'Sale of the Century' began. 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. The 'Sale of the Century' is one of the most famous events in the history of collecting and is the culminating episode in this book, which traces the political and artistic relationship of Britain and Spain in the first half of the seventeenth century. Distinguished historians and art historians begin their story in 1604 with the signing of the Anglo-Spanish Peace Treaty. They also discuss the novelesque visit to Madrid in 1623 of the Prince of Wales, the future Charles I, accompanied by the Duke of Buckingham, as well as the episode involving Peter Paul Rubens, who in 1628-29 acted as an agent in fresh peace negotiations between the two monarchies. The book includes portraits and biographies of the leading figures, contemporary representations of the major historical events, and, of course, an account of many of the masterpieces that moved from London to Madrid. Never before has this remarkable story been told in such rich and colourful detail. This fascinating book is the catalogue for an exhibition held in the Museo del Prado from March 15 to June 2, 2002.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300097610
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.10(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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