ALEXANDER VI BORGIA AND TOLEDO Spanish Renaissance transcript of the Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI of 1 October 1496 confirming the privileges of the Hospital of the Holy Cross; Toledo, 25 November 1530

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ALEXANDER VI BORGIA AND TOLEDO
Spanish Renaissance transcript of the Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI of 1 October 1496 confirming the privileges of the Hospital of the Holy Cross; Toledo, 25 November 1530

Sold for £ 2,250 (US$ 2,804) inc. premium
ALEXANDER VI BORGIA AND TOLEDO
Spanish Renaissance transcript of the Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI of 1 October 1496 confirming the privileges of the Hospital of the Holy Cross; with large illuminated initial letter ʻA' with elaborate penwork tracery in blue, red and purple, the first line of text written in decorative capitals in brown and yellow, with a floral border in the upper margin incorporating sprays of roses; subscribed with their autograph notarial certificates and devices by the Apostolic Notaries Cristofo Navarro, joint holder of the benefice (portionarius) of Toledo Cathedral and by Ferdinand de Lunar, Secretary to the Chapter of the Cathedral, vellum, the text in an attractive semi-gothic hand, small tape-repair in right-hand margin, 678 x 876mm., Toledo, 25 November 1530

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  • AN UNUSUALLY DECORATIVE DOCUMENT, FUSING GOTHIC AND RENAISSANCE IDIOMS, in a manner parallel to the Plateresque (silversmith-like) architecture to be found in Spain and her American colonies from the late fifteen to the mid sixteenth century. The hospital of the Holy Cross at Toledo was founded under the will of the Archbishop of Toledo, Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza (1428-1495), and authorised by the Papal Bull of the Borgia Pope, Alexander VI, on 1 October 1496 (Alexander being of course of Spanish extraction himself and born in Valencia). Designed by the architect-sculptors Enrique Egas and Alonso de Covarrubias, it is itself an outstanding example of Plateresque architecture and was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1902. It is now a museum and houses, among much else, an important collection of paintings by El Greco.
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ALEXANDER VI BORGIA AND TOLEDO Spanish Renaissance transcript of the Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI of 1 October 1496 confirming the privileges of the Hospital of the Holy Cross; Toledo, 25 November 1530
ALEXANDER VI BORGIA AND TOLEDO Spanish Renaissance transcript of the Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI of 1 October 1496 confirming the privileges of the Hospital of the Holy Cross; Toledo, 25 November 1530
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