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DAVID CERVI E SALOMONE DE VITA: GIOIELLIERI EBREI AL SERVIZIO DEI DUCHI GONZAGA. NOTE D'ARCHIVIO

Paola Venturelli
La Rassegna Mensile di Israel
terza serie, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Settembre - Dicembre 2002), pp. 79-90
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41287518
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

The article explores on the basis of archival documents the lives of David Cervi and Salomone de Vita Levi. Jews residing in Mantova, they were the jewellers and trustees in the dealings of the dukes of Gonzaga, William, Vincent the First, and Ferdinand. In the company of their sons they travelled unceasingly between Milan, Venice, Rome, Turin and Prague from 1596 to 1626, dealing with gems, jewels, and textiles. David Cervi died in Mantua on 16 February 1626. Four years later the town was pillaged by German troops. The famous dukes' collections were lost. The Mantua Jewish community suffered severely. On 28 July 1639 the occupiers forced the Jews to abandon Mantua and its surroundings, together with all their possessions.

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