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Renaissance Craftsmen and Humanistic Scholars

Circulation of Knowledge between Portugal and Germany

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Edited By Thomas Horst, Marília dos Santos Lopes and Henrique Leitão

The study of the relations between Portugal and the German-speaking countries in the 15th and 16th centuries is an intriguing topic that has attracted the interest of scholars for some decades. In recent years evidence accumulated has shown that there was still much to be known and even some large areas were still unexplored. In order to better grasp the nature of what was a complex historical phenomenon, an interdisciplinary approach to the topic turned out to be necessary by deepening the understanding of what is usually termed the circulation of knowledge. The present book shows how knowledge travels with people, with artifacts, along commercial lines, and is created and transformed by the intervention of individuals from various educational and social strata.

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Anthonio Meyting: Artistic Agent, Cultural Intermediary and Diplomat (1538–1591) (Annemarie Jordan Gschwend)

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Annemarie Jordan Gschwend

Anthonio Meyting: Artistic Agent, Cultural Intermediary and Diplomat (1538–1591)1

Sy wellen unns ettwas selzamen uund ihr Lannds frembden Sachen […] zuekommen lassen, auch mit ettwan zur steur in unnser Chunnstchamer begaben thue.2

Albrecht V, Duke of Bavaria (r. 1550–1579), to the Queen of Spain, 1574

Abstract: Fürstliche Sammler der Renaissance wie die Wittelsbacher oder Habsburger bauten spektakuläre Sammlungen in Form von recht ansehnlichen Kunst- und Wunderkammern auf. Dies gelang ihnen vor allem aufgrund der weit verstreuten Handelsnetzwerke, welche oberdeutsche Handelsgemeinschaften mit Sitz in Augsburg, Nürnberg und Regensburg seit dem ausgehenden 15. Jahrhundert auf der Iberischen Halbinsel errichtet haben. Dadurch wurde überhaupt erst ein globaler Markt für den Export von Luxusgütern und Exotica aus Portugal und Spanien eröffnet.

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