Journal Article

From the New World to Bologna, 1533

Laura Laurencich-Minelli

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 24, issue 2, pages 145-158
Published in print July 2012 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online April 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhr014
From the New World to Bologna, 1533

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This article introduces a document hitherto unknown to scholars of the early Americas, concerning a number of oustanding Mexican objects presented in Bologna in 1533 to Pope Clement VII. It also attempts to recognize these items in later inventories and collection catalogues of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The collection-history of the Cospi codex and the possible whereabouts of some codices of the Borgia Group are discussed. The anomalous nature of Bolognese collections from the Americas, mostly formed by middle-ranking collectors rather than the high aristocracy, is confirmed and is shown to have been characteristic of the city since the early 1500s. This new source allows a better understanding to emerge of the attitudes of some learned Italians towards Mexican objects of this type in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Journal Article.  11119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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