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Great article! Thank you. I look forward to more about Arundel's collection.
K. Bender

Francis DeStefano

Although you hint at it, you don't mention Arundel's Catholicism. I have never read about Arundel but I suspect his and his family's association with Catholicism might explain a number of the issues you raise. Having to reconcile the family's traditional religion with official State Protestantism could create a sense of alienation. Also, I suspect that the Howard's considered that their family and lineage were superior to the Tudors, I also suspect that his father died in the Tower because he regarded Elizabeth as an illegitimate usurper. Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is an example of how this alienation persisted into the twentieth century.

Catholic sympathies could also explain Arundel's preference for the German rendition of the True Cross. Marcantonio Michiel's notes on his observations of the art works in the homes of Venetian patricians shows that a very high percentage of the paintings were religious or sacred subjects.



KB- Thanks.

Frank- You are of course right: a portrait of the Earl isn't complete without probing his Catholic leanings. Your interesting, and insightful points have given me an idea for a post on this subject on collecting and Catholic attitudes. Stay tuned.

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