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

Brown, Jonathan (editor); Elliott, John (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0300097611 / ISBN 13: 9780300097610
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, U.S.A., 2002
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315pp/illus. The sale of King Charles' goods.after the civil of the most famous events in the history of collecting. Published to coincide with the exhibition. A magnificently produced book illustrated throughout in colour. Bookseller Inventory # 003219

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On 30th 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, Mategna, 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 text, which traces the political and artistic relationship of Britain and Spain in the first half of the 17th century. The contributing 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 volume 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.

About the Author: Jonathan Brown and J.H. Elliott are the joint authors of A Palace for a King: The Buen Retiro and the Court of Philip IV. Jonathan Brown, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts at New York University, is also the author of Painting in Spain, 1500-1700 (ISBN 0 300 06474 8, [pound]25.00* paperback), Velazquez: Painter and Courtier (ISBN 0 300 03894 1, [pound]35.00* paperback), Kings and Connoisseurs: Collecting Art in Seventeenth-Century Europe (ISBN 0 300 06437 3, [pound]45.00*), and other works on the history of Spanish art. The publications of Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern history in the University of Oxford, include Imperial Spain 1469-1716, The Count-Duke of Olivares (ISBN 0 300 04499 2, [pound]22.50* paperback) and Spain and its World, 1500-1700 (ISBN 0 300 04863 7, [pound]16.95* paperback).

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Title: The Sale of the Century: Artistic Relations ...

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition

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