This collection of essays by major scholars in the field explores how the rich intersections between Italy and Spain during the early modern period resulted in a confluence of cultural ideals. Various means of exchange and convergence are explored through two main catalysts: humans—their trips or resettlements—and objects—such as books, paintings, sculptures, and prints. The visual and textual evidence of the transmission of ideas, iconographies and styles are examined, such as triumphal ephemera, treatises on painting, the social status of the artist, collections and their display, church decoration, and funerary monuments, providing a more nuanced understanding of the exchanges of styles, forms and ideals across southern Europe.

chapter |20 pages


Spanish Italy/Italian Spain

chapter 1|17 pages

Domenico Fancelli and the Tomb of the Catholic Kings

Carrara, Italian Wars and the Spanish Renaissance

chapter 3|22 pages

Architecture of the Retablo between Spain and Italy

On the Work of Jacopo L’Indaco, Alonso Berruguete and Diego de Siloé (1520–1530)

chapter 4|22 pages

An Italian Fountain for the Emperor

The Fuente del Águila (1539)*

chapter 5|9 pages

Michelangelo Re-read

A Note on the Reception of His Pictorial Language in Spanish Sculpture of the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century

chapter 6|22 pages

Circulation of Sculpture Across the Spanish Empire

The Case of Martino Regio’s Genoese Workshop and the Multiple Variations of His Name

chapter 8|21 pages

Courtiers, Fables and Dictionaries

Italian Books in the Collections of Velázquez, Carducho and Guerra Coronel

chapter 10|16 pages

Some Spanish Paintings in Florentine Collections

The Legacy of the Iberian Journey of Cosimo III de’ Medici