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Goldring, Elizabeth, 1970–

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and the world of Elizabethan art : painting and patronage at the court of Elizabeth I / Elizabeth Goldring.

New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xix, 380 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Reference Library
N5247.L45 G65 2014 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"This book is the first comprehensive survey of aristocratic art collecting and patronage in Elizabethan England, as seen through the activities of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (ca. 1532-1588). One of the most fascinating and controversial people of his day, Leicester was also the most important patron of painters at the Elizabethan court. He amassed a substantial art collection, including commissioned works by Nicholas Hilliard, Paolo Veronese, and Federico Zuccaro; helped foster the birth of an English vernacular discourse on the visual arts; and was an early exponent, in England, of the Italian Renaissance view of the painter as the practitioner of a liberal art and, thus, fit company for the educated and well-born. Although Leicester's picture collection and personal papers were widely dispersed after his death, this volume's pioneering research reconstructs his lost world and, with it, a turning point in the history of British art. Some of the paintings featured here are little-known images from private collections, never before reproduced in color. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Art patronage -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Leicester, Robert Dudley, Earl of, 1532?-1588 -- Art collections.
Leicester, Robert Dudley, Earl of, 1532?-1588 -- Art patronage.
Painting -- Collectors and collecting -- England -- History -- 16th century.

  • Introduction: "a noble Mecenas"
  • The Dudleys and their Milieu, 1509-1559
  • The 1560s: Creation of an Earl
  • The 1570s: Princely Pleasures
  • The 1580s: Leicester and the Netherlands
  • Kenilworth Castle
  • Leicester House and Wanstead Manor
  • Epilogue: Dispersal and Descent.