The Evolution of English Collecting

The Reception of Italian Art in the Tudor and Stuart Periods

Edited and introduced by Edward Chaney

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January 11, 2004
496 pages, 7 x 10
140 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300102246
Cloth

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

This book surveys for the first time the evolution of English collecting. Edward Chaney begins with the background history of European collecting, focusing in particular on Italy’s formative role in this phenomenon, then sets English collecting in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in context and draws together a unique collection of essays on the subject.

The book deals with issues ranging from English collecting at the time of the Reformation, with all the tension that phenomenon produced in England’s relationships with Rome, to the early Cecils and conflicts between English Protestantism and Catholic Italianate taste. The lives and achievements of great collectors and patrons are examined, and specific studies of the evolution of collections of paintings, sculptures, and prints in England are included as well.

Edward Chaney is professor of fine and decorative arts and founding chair of the History of Collecting Research Centre at the Southampton Institute.

"The pioneering survey of the evolution of English collecting." —Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

“[Chaney] sets out the deeper context for the great explosion of collecting by the English aristocracy in the 18th century, which defines so much of the fine art in nationally important collections and our view of culture today.”—Jeremy Musson, Country Life

“[This book] will be indispensable to anyone with an interest in the development of the cultural history of England in the 17th century. That it is also stimulating, informative and very readable are the book’s incidental merits.”—Thomas Tuohy, The British Art Journal

"Social and cultural historians will find much of interest in this group. . . . The book is elegantly produced and lavishly illustrated."—Stanford Lehmberg, Albion

"This stimulating volume will provide a lasting feast for all interested in seventeenth-century English culture."—John E. Moore, Renaissance Quarterly
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