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Spanish 16th & 17th Centuries

While Italian Renaissance artists benefited from a mutual sharing of progressive artistic advancements, Spanish artists remained deeply provincial. In spite of the fact that the country dominated politics for most of the 16th and 17th centuries, it remained the artistic backwater of Europe until the Baroque age.

Over time, Spanish envoys returned home with works of art among their numerous European possessions from cultural centers including Naples, Sicily, the duchy of Milan, and the Netherlands; and artists began to travel from other countries to Spain influencing the arts and encouraging Spanish artists to travel to Italy for the superior artistic training lacking in their own country.