Paulus Praun


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(b Nuremberg, 23 October 1548; d Bologna, 18 July 1616). German merchant, collector and patron, active in Italy. He spent his youth largely in Nuremberg. In his own words, he nurtured ‘a special love for [art] from his early days’. On completing his education, he entered his family's business, which had had an agency in Bologna since the mid-15th century. In Paulus's day commercial trading relations with Italy were at their height, and he spent his youth travelling between Italy and Nuremberg, meanwhile indulging his passion for collecting art works with the financial support of his father. After his father's death in 1578, he lived in Nuremberg, where he had the opportunity to buy works from the painter Hans Hoffmann and the sculptor Johann Gregor van der Schardt. At the end of the century he finally settled down in Bologna, where he lived until his death.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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