Jewish History

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 169–193

Diego Duarte ii (1612–1691): a converso’s experience in seventeenth-century Antwerp


DOI: 10.1007/s10835-010-9107-x

Cite this article as:
De Paepe, T. Jew History (2010) 24: 169. doi:10.1007/s10835-010-9107-x


From the early sixteenth century onward, many conversos or New Christians left Spain and Portugal and went to Antwerp. One member of the converso community in Antwerp was Diego Duarte ii (1612–1691). Diego Duarte ran a thriving jewel business and had a large commercial network. He was also a highly cultured man, who forged many friendships through his love for music and paintings. Antwerp was, however, still off-limits for Jews. This article seeks to explore Diego’s professional, religious and, in particular, his artistic background seen against the place and time in which he lived.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Literature—Centre for Renaissance StudiesUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium