On Friendship: Resta and the Arts of Collecting

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An invited contribution to a volume on Sebastiano Resta, Oratorian and art collector in Baroque Rome, this essay focuses on his network of exchanges in art collecting through his extensive Oratorian and religious connections. Conducted through classical literary topoi of friendship, and particularly the exchange of artists' drawings with collectors' annotations as testaments of amicizia, Resta's networks of trade friendships shed new light on the structures and ethos of early modern art collections. The essay is based on extensive archival and collections research, which was funded by the Kress Foundation and Getty Grant Program.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPadre Sebastiano Resta (1635-1714)
Subtitle of host publicationOratoriano milanese collezionista di disegni nel Seicento a Roma
EditorsSimonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodino
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherEdizioni Oratoriane
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2017


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