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He is quick to point out that humanists surely knew the paintings and owned prints, and that patrons such as Cardinal Granvelle, who owned non-comic Bruegel paintings but presumably constituted part of the audience for that group, in fact enjoyed a deep classical training and defended Erasmus against university theologians, and two of Bruegel's other wealthy patrons knew the classics, at least.
The greatest patron among the private collectors who supported his work was Cardinal Granvelle, an envoy of the Spanish court.
The letters include those between Gabriele Giolito and Antoine Perrenot, later Cardinal Granvelle, as well as those from Gabriele Giolito to various other recipients, primarily his relative Lelio Montalerio, who also helped take care of some of Gabriele's business affairs in Mantua.
For Cardinal Granvelle, see Durme, 1957(1) and idem 1957(2); and the entry under Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle in the Dictionnaire d'histoire et geographie ecclesiastique, v.