Erudite Eyes

Friendship, Art and Erudition in the Network of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)


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Erudite Eyes explores the network of the Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), a veritable trading zone of art and erudition. Populated by such luminaries as Pieter Bruegel, Joris Hoefnagel, Justus Lipsius and Benedictus Arias Montanus, among others, this vibrant antiquarian culture yielded new knowledge about local antiquities and distant civilizations, and offered a framework for articulating art and artistic practice. These fruitful exchanges, undertaken in a spirit of friendship and collaboration, are all the more astonishing when seen against the backdrop of the ongoing wars. Based on a close reading of early modern letters, alba amicorum, printed books, manuscripts and artworks, this book situates Netherlandish art and culture between Bruegel and Rubens in a European perspective.

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Preliminary Material
Pages: i–xxi
Local Antiquities
Pages: 36–63
Comparing Cultures
Pages: 90–127
Pages: 214–221
Pages: 222–246
Pages: 247–287
Pages: 288–312
Pages: 313–324
Tine Luk Meganck, Ph. D (2003), Princeton University, is Researcher at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, funded by the IAP City and Society of the Belgian Science Policy. She is the author of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Fall of the Rebel Angels. Art, Knowledge and Politics on the Eve of the Dutch Revolt (Silvana, 2014).
"The result is a text that usefully illuminates the links between artists, cartographers, antiquarians, humanists, poets, and publishers in the sixteenth-century Low Countries, comprising a book that will be a necessary point of reference for scholars and students of the period."
Stephanie Porras, Tulane University

"Erudite Eyes is a welcome addition to any library strong in Renaissance humanism, antiquarianism, or the history of collecting. An abundance of illustrations, including many color plates, gives this book the feel of an art-history text (Ortelius would approve!)."
John Cunnally, Iowa State University
All interested in the early modern history of art and knowledge, in particular in antiquarian networks of artists, merchants and humanists in the Low Countries in a European perspective.
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