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HANS KHEVENHULLER AT THE COURT OF PHILIP II OF SPAIN: DIPLOMACY & CONSUMERISM IN A GLOBAL EMPIRE. Ed. by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend. Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2016. 240 pp. with 150 col. ills. ISBN 9781911300007 In English.
Publisher's description: The quest for the exotic became an obsession for Renaissance princes and collectors, as markets in Lisbon and Seville were flooded by the mid 16th century with luxury goods, commodities, Ming porcelain, exotica, textiles, clothes, dress accessories and strange animals imported from Portuguese Asia, the Far East, Africa and the Americas. Shopping on a grand scale became a priority, especially for the Central European courts of the Habsburg, whose collections, known as Kunstkammers, represented their symbolic hegemony over a world empire, its peoples, flora and fauna. One man in particular played a formidable part in the expansion of these Habsburg Kunstkammers - Hans Khevenhuller, imperial ambassador in Spain. As diplomat, he assumed diverse roles at the Spanish court - politician, advisor, cultural broker, artistic agent, patron of the arts and collector. His global networks spanned continents, linking Habsburg courts across Europe with new worlds. Appointed in the early 1570s resident ambassador at the court of Philip II, he was a keen observer of the Spanish court, meticulously recording peoples, events and happenings. Crossing ceremonial boundaries, Khevenhuller became a trusted friend and counselor of Philip II and his royal family, gaining admission into their private lives.
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Worldwide Number: 171662
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