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Art And Patronage: Sir Henry Wotton And The Venetian Embassy 1604-1624

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Giovanni Andrea Doria was a prominent citizen of the Republic of Genoa as well as Prince of Melfi in the kingdom of Naples. A subject of King Philip II of Spain, King of Naples, Doria was also bound to the Spanish crown through a contractual relationship as naval condottiero, hiring out a number of his vessels to the Spanish and commanding a squadron of galleys on behalf of the king. Doria reentered the mainstream of Mediterranean history with the war for Cyprus and the naval campaign culminating in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Doria, more than the Spanish ambassador, was able to represent Spanish interests to the Republic's senate and, through his clientele system, he was able to ensure the election of pro-Spanish figures to key posts in the Republic's government.

Keywords:Giovanni Andrea Doria; King Philip II; Prince of Melfi; Spain



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