Elegant stil Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester and the World of Elizabethan Art: Painting and Patronage at the Court of Elizabeth I (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (Hardcover) by Goldring Elizabeth Wm6q1LZL

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This book is the first comprehensive survey of aristocratic art collecting and patronage in Elizabethan England as seen through the activities of Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester (ca. 1532--1588). One of the most fascinating and controversial people of his day Leicester was also the most important patron of painters at the Elizabethan court. He amassed a substantial art collection including commissioned works by Nicholas Hilliard Paolo Veronese and Federico Zuccaro; helped foster the birth of an English vernacular discourse on the visual arts; and was an early exponent in England of the Italian Renaissance view of the painter as the practitioner of a liberal art and thus fit company for the educated and well-born. Although Leicester's picture collection and personal papers were widely dispersed after his death this volume's pioneering research reconstructs his lost world and with it a turning point in the history of British art. Some of the paintings featured here are little-known images from private collections never before reproduced in color.