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Marcus Sitticus von Hohenems

(1574—1619)


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Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg (b Hohenems, 24 June 1574; d Salzburg, 9 Oct 1619). Austrian churchman and patron. He prepared for a career in the Church by studying in Milan and Rome, where he enjoyed the special support of his uncle, Cardinal Marcus Sitticus Altemps (1533–95). In 1598 he was appointed canon in Salzburg, through the endeavours of his cousin Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, whom he succeeded as Prince-Archbishop in 1612. His continuation of the neutral political stance adopted by his predecessors saved the city from devastation in the Thirty Years War (1618–48). From his foundation of a Benedictine school in 1617, Salzburg University emerged a decade later.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.


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