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The practice of adorning libraries with uomini illustri—a series of portraits of scholars, poets, or other exemplary figures—dates back to antiquity, and the frequent use of this motif in Renaissance libraries of all types and affiliations was a…


In Venice, a city known for its splendor and luxury, gold took many forms; its value and importance to the Republica and the world of Venetian art cannot be overlooked. By investigating the various aspects of the market for this precious metal in…