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García De Yllán: A Merchant In Silver, Bread And Bullets And A Broker In Art, 1591–1655

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Anthony Blunt's double life in the juxtaposed worlds of glamorous art and shady politics may have been merely a coincidence, yet it is interesting to consider to what extent his activities in the one world contributed to, and even promoted, his success in the other. Did his very public and reputable life as art advisor to the queen serve as the perfect cover for his political sympathies and activities? Or was he approached because of his outstanding prospects in the British upper class milieu, which would bring him into close contact with political leaders and royalty in the near future? This chapter addresses these issues by focusing on the roles of artists as political agents—as diplomatic envoys and distributors of news, and as informers and spies.

Keywords:Anthony Blunt; artists



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