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Mercator Sapiens: Merchants As Cultural Entrepreneurs

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This chapter investigates how Daniel Nijs, a man with a shrewd sense of business, was able to acquire a thorough knowledge of the art market in the years preceding the Gonzaga sale. It examines Nijs' position in Venice and the relationships he had with local artists. The chapter then focuses on his role in the sale of the Gonzaga collection. The tale of Daniel Nijs' role in the Gonzaga sale and his subsequent ruin is familiar to art historians and historians studying the early modern art market. Having established Daniel Nijs' position as a Netherlandish merchant in Venice with contacts among the Venetian elite and foreign diplomats, it is also possible to shed light on another aspect. In contrast to the speculative suggestions in historiography, Nijs' religious affiliation is in fact quite clear.

Keywords:Daniel Nijs; Gonzaga; Venice



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