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The Embassy Of Art: Diplomats As Cultural Brokers

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The significant role played by Sir Henry Wotton in the development of art collecting at the early Stuart court has long been recognized by specialists in the field. He played an important part in the assembling of the early groundbreaking collections of Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury and Prince Henry. Wotton left Venice at the end of his first embassy in late December 1610, traveling back to England via Turin to discuss the proposal of the Duke of Savoy for a double marriage between the latter's daughter, the Princess Maria, and James I's son, Prince Henry, and between his son and Prince Henry's sister, the Princess Elizabeth. Wotton's contribution to art collecting in England was clearly over by 1624, though he did make one final visit to Whitehall in 1631 to give his judgment to the king on some newly arrived pictures.

Keywords:Sir Henry Wotton; Venetian Embassy



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