Recent research about early modern Spanish Italy has yielded fruitful results for architectural history. For instance, we now know more about a Castilian cardinal's patronage of Donato Bramante in Rome, and we have new evidence of correspondence between viceroys and a Spanish king about building a royal palace in Naples.1 Carlos Plaza's Españoles en la corte de los Medici also contributes new knowledge about Spanish patrons of architecture in Florence during that city's transformation by Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519–74) and his successors into the site of a ducal court. This is a book with many protagonists, beginning with Cosimo, his first wife, Eleanora of Toledo (1522–62),...

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