The Study of Nature, Philosophy, and the Royal Library of San Lorenzo of the Escorial*

  title={The Study of Nature, Philosophy, and the Royal Library of San Lorenzo of the Escorial*},
  author={Mar{\'i}a M. Portuondo},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={1106 - 1150}
Abstract Interpretations of the iconography of the Royal Library of the Escorial have fostered many assessments of the intellectual panorama of late sixteenth-century Spain. This study advances the thesis that once the Royal Library was established in its permanent premises attempts were made to define its intellectual agenda, and in particular to redirect the study of nature undertaken there in a rather distinct and novel direction. To identify this agenda, this study shuns iconographic… Expand
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