El coleccionismo anticuario en el Renacimiento: la relación de mecenazgo entre Antonio de Granvela y Stephanus Pighius

Abstract : Cardinal de Granvelle was one of the most notorious figures within European diplomacy in the 16th century, especially during Philip II's reign. His political prominence could also be perceived on a cultural level, since his role of cultural agent to the Royal Family and other notable families allowed him to befriend artists and humanists from all over Europe. Later, he would use these connexions to increase his own artistic collection. Therefore, it is not uncommon to encounter numerous mentions of art commissions or exchanges, as well as some antiquities, throughout his large correspondence. To illustrate Granvelle's role as a collector, we will analyse his relationship with Stephanus Pighius, who was in charge of the cardinal's personal library in Brussels from 1558 to the early seventies. Besides this responsibility, he dedicated himself to increasing his patron's antiquities collection, by purchasing them for Perrenot or even gifting them to him. In order to do that, we will be particularly focusing on the case of an ancient silver vase, discovered in Arras, which inspired Pighius to publish two works: Mythologia (1559) and Themis Dea (1568).
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Laura García Almeida. El coleccionismo anticuario en el Renacimiento: la relación de mecenazgo entre Antonio de Granvela y Stephanus Pighius. IV Congreso Internacional. Coleccionismo, mecenazgo y mercado artístico: Orbis Terrarum, May 2019, Séville, España. ⟨hal-02143126⟩

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