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 continuing 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 January 2020. 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. 





29 January 2020

Jonathan Davies (University of Warwick): '"He was supremely an imitator of [them]": Cosimo I, Cosimo the Elder, and Lorenzo the Magnificent'​


Gemma Cornetti (Warburg Institute): 'Engraved Portraits for the Medici'​

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