The art of friendship: Daniel Nijs, Isaac Wake and the sale of the Gonzaga collection

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleThe art of friendship: Daniel Nijs, Isaac Wake and the sale of the Gonzaga collection Author(S)Christina M. Anderson (Author)
Abstract  The 1627–28 sale of the cream of the Gonzaga art collection belonging to the Dukes of Mantua was, arguably, the greatest art transaction of the seventeenth century. Many theories have been put forward by scholars as to the origins of the sale. However, the friendship between Daniel Nijs, the Flemish merchant in Venice who brokered the sale, and Isaac Wake, the English ambassador in Venice at the time, has largely been overlooked. This article will trace the development of their friendship from its beginnings during Wake's employment as secretary to Dudley Carleton, English ambassador in Venice between 1610 and 1615, through Wake's subsequent posting to Turin and his return to Venice as ambassador himself in 1625 ...Paginationp 724-737
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies  
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