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Charles V and the Habsburgs' Inventories. Changing Patrimony as Dynastic Cult in Early Modern Europe

Author(s): González García, Juan Luis

Journal: RIHA Journal
ISSN 2190-3328

Start page: 0012;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Emperor Charles V | Royal Collections | Inventories | Habsburg Dynasty | Renaissance Art | Habsburger Sammlung | Kunstsammlung | Inventar | Kaiser Karl V. | Römisch-Deutsches Reich

Apart from a deep respect for the achievements of the Habsburgs, Emperor Maximilian I transmitted to his heirs a practical attitude towards their art collections. Pearls and precious stones were extracted from set pieces to produce new ones; old-fashioned jewellery or silver objects were melted down; and tapestries, paintings and sculptures were publicly sold to pay off debts. By studying how some of these goods were reused, recycled, and recirculated among the Habsburg family members, I will explain how crown patrimony changed owners and kingdoms, and how the cult of their dynasty, actively promoted by Charles V, heightened the notion of a collective consciousness which served as a topos for aristocratic collecting in the Renaissance.
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