- Also known as
Cardinal Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle
primary name: Perrenot de Granvelle, Antoine
other name: Cardinal de Granvella
other name: Granvelle, Antoine Perrenot de
other name: Granvelle, Cardinal de
other name: Perrenot, Antoine
- individual; cleric/religious official; French; Male
- Life dates
- Statesman, cleric, art collector; born at Ornans in Franche-Comté died at Madrid. He was the son of Nicolas Perrenot, prime minister of Charles V, studied at Padua and Louvain. He became prothonotary Apostolic in 1529, archdeacon of Besançon, archdeacon of Cambrai, and was made Bishop of Arras in 1538 at the age of twenty-one. He resided very little in his diocese and lived at Brussels, where he had an active share in his father's political negotiations. He was charged with addressing the Council of Trent in the name of the emperor (9 Jan., 1543), and took an active part in all the important affairs of Charles V, e.g. the interview of Nice, the Peace of Crepy (1544), the Interim, and the marriage of Philip II with Mary Tudor of England. In 1550 he succeeded his father as keeper of the emperor's seal, but did not bear the title of chancellor. His influence continued to grow under Philip II. He was named Archbishop of Mechelen in 1559 and cardinal in 1561.He was a great patron of contemporary artists (see the letters collected by Ferrarino, and prints dedicated to him).
- L.Ferrarino (ed), 'Lettere di artisti italiani ad Antonio Perrenot di Granvelle', Madrid 1977
Edward Wouk, 'Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, the Quatre Vents press and the patronage of prints in early modern Europe', in 'Simiolus', 38 2015/6, pp.31-61.