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Next to the art gallery in Rockox’s time was a retreat, a studiolo, where there was place not only for paintings, but also curiosa and smaller objects – more particularly of study – and where the patrician could spend time in enquiry and contemplation. The inventory of Rockox’s house notes that this room behind the Great Parlour held twenty paintings, various shells, ten marble busts, five plaster busts and some figures in ebony, ivory and marble. There was also a portfolio containing prints of portraits and landscapes, though these were not further specified. Rockox had a second study – his comptoir or office – on the first floor; it was here that he kept his coins and books. It was in fact not uncommon for a house to have several studies.
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