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date: 22 August 2019

Duarte, Leonora locked

  • Rudolf A. Rasch


(bap. Antwerp, July 28, 1610; d 1678). Flemish amateur musician and composer. She belonged to a well-known Antwerp family of rich jewellers and diamond merchants of Portuguese-Jewish (marrano) origin. Her parents were Gaspar Duarte and Catharina Rodrigues, and she had three sisters and two brothers. The Duarte family residence at the Meir in Antwerp was a well-known centre for music and the visual arts. The correspondence of Leonora’s father and her brother Diego with Constantijn Huygens shows that there were frequent contacts with the cultural élite of the Low Countries and England, including Huygens himself and his sons Constantijn and Christiaan, and William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle. In 1644 Nicholas Lanier visited the family when he was in voluntary exile, and in 1653 Anne and Joseph de la Barre paid a visit when travelling from Paris to Stockholm.

Of the Duarte children, Leonora, Francisca (1619–78) and Diego (...

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