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. 

 

 

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30 October 2019

Henk van Veen (University of Groningen): 'The messy reality of Cosimo I's commissioning of art: Baccio Bandinelli and the Neptune Fountain in Piazza della Signoria, Florence' 

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Guido Rebecchini (Courtauld Institute): 'Heritage, Identity, and Conflict. The 'Material Memory' of the Medici Family in Early Modern Europe'​

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13 November 2019

Eliana Carrara (University of Molise): 'Cosimo I de' Medici and the formation of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno (Florence 1563)'

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Philippe Canguilhem (University of Toulouse): 'Cosimo I and the creation of a ducal music in 16th-century Florence'

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27 November 2019

Desiree Cappa (Warburg Institute): 'The Florentine bureaucracy and the rise of Cosimo I de' Medici: networks, correspondence and espionage of a ducal secretary (1537-44)'​

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Oscar Schiavone (Durham University): 'Cosimo's Tuscany: territorial control, local administration and culture (1547-61)'​

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29 January 2020

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

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

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