0313 La cerchia di Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle e un problema di metodo

Le medaglie di Anthonis Mor e Francisco Pacheco oltre le storiografie nazionali

  • Walter Cupperi (Author)
    Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

    Walter Cupperi is Associate Professor of Museology, the History of Collecting and the History of the Decorative Arts at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and taught at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Philipps-Universität, Marburg, and the University of Stuttgart. He was awarded fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Ministère de la Communauté Française of Belgium and the Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York. From 2009 to 2013 he was an Exzellenzinitiative Research Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, and from 2016 to 2017 the Fundación Gondra-Barandiarán Senior Fellow at the Museo Nacional del Prado. His research addresses issues of material culture from a postnational perspective.

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The sharp division between "Italian" and "Early Netherlandish" culture fostered by a nationally minded art history has led to serious misunderstandings in the classification of unattributed works created within supranational networks in the sixteenth century. The artistic circle of Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle (1517–1586), minister to Charles V of Habsburg, can be considered a prime example of such a network, because it was characterised by an intense and widespread mobility of artefacts and artists from and to Brussels between the 1540s and the 1560s. This article focuses on two medals that portray personalities close to Monsignor of Granvelle, namely the painter Anthonis Mor and Cardinal Francisco Pacheco y Toledo. It aims to revise their traditional attributions and to demonstrate the extent to which the cultural encounters that took place in the shadow of the Habsburg court impacted artistic developments. Above all, the article will illustrate how much the interpretive schemes of a nationally minded art historiography have biased our account and complicated our understanding of these encounters.


Perrenot de Granvelle Antoine, Mor Anthonis, Leoni Leone, Jonghelinck Jacques, Pacheco y Toledo Francisco, medal