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The Flemish Merchant of Venice: Daniel Nijs and the Sale of the Gonzaga Art Collection

Christina M. Anderson
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
Language
English
ISBN
9780300209686, 0300209681
Summary
"During the years 1627 and 1628, Charles I of England purchased the cream of the Gonzaga art collection, belonging to the dukes of Mantua, in what would become the greatest art deal of the 17th century. Among the treasures sold were ancient statues and stunning paintings by Titian, Raphael, Correggio, and Rubens. This book examines this fascinating and significant art sale from the perspective of the man who orchestrated it--Daniel Nijs (1572-1647), a Flemish merchant, collector, and dealer living in Venice. Christina M. Anderson brings Nijs to life, asserting that he was more than the avaricious and unscrupulous trader that most modern writers and scholars deem him to be. Anderson's evocative text describes Nijs's unique talent as a dealer, rooted in superior commercial skills, connections to artistic and diplomatic circles, and a deep love of art. The narrative reveals that Nijs was ultimately the pivotal figure involved with the Gonzaga sale, though also--when he later fell into bankruptcy and dishonor due to a deal gone awry--the most tragic. "--
Description
viii, 264 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-214) and index.
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