Cosimo I de’ Medici and Granducal Florence

Lectures celebrating the 500th anniversary of Cosimo I de’ Medici

Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), first Grandduke of Tuscany, was both a consummate administrator and a fierce patron of the arts. The major new lecture series at the Warburg Institute, Cosimo I De’Medici and Granducal Florence celebrates the 500th anniversary of Cosimo I de’ Medici’s birth by bringing together scholars from across the humanities to discuss Cosimo’s achievements in art, architecture, statecraft, scholarship and culture.

Pairs of scholars will offer specialist discussions over the course of six evenings, from June to November 2019. Evenings will be devoted to issues of diplomacy and spying, architectural and artistic commissions, the development of universities and libraries, as well as Cosimo’s personal learning and self-representation. 

Free and open to all. Autumn 2019 dates will be posted soon.





12 June 2019

Alessio Assonitis (Medici Archive Project): 'Cosimo I de' Medici's Material World'


Stefano Dall’Aglio (Ca' Foscari University, Venice): ‘He had eyes and ears everywhere’. Cosimo I de’ Medici’s Network of Spies, informers and Ambassadors







26 June 2019

Alessandro Cecchi (Casa Buonarroti): 'Cosimo de’Medici and Giorgio Vasari in the Palazzo Vecchio'


Antonio Geremicca (University of Liège): 'Brushes, Chisels and Pens. Shared Networks between Arts and Letters in the Cosimo I’s Florence'​