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Reassessing Francesco I de’ Medici: Art, Science, and Materiality in Late Renaissance Florence

Posted By Lisa Boutin Vitela, Friday, May 12, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017

Francesco I de’ Medici, the second Grand Duke of Tuscany, is worthy of scholarly reassessment based on new research about his rule and patronage. Previously maligned as a reclusive intellectual who lacked leadership skills when compared to his more dynamic father Cosimo and brother Ferdinando, Francesco has been redefined as a ruler and patron through analysis of his collections, building projects, scientific pursuits, and sponsorship of Medici porcelain. With his interests in alchemy, the natural world, unusual materials, and art objects from abroad, Francesco represents an example of “global Renaissance” pursuits in late sixteenth-century Florence.

Paper topics might include:

  • The Studiolo of Francesco I in the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Francesco’s additions to the Uffizi, including the Tribuna
  • Medici porcelain manufactory
  • Grotta Grande of the Boboli Gardens
  • Giorgio Vasari and Bernardo Buontalenti
  • Francesco’s alchemical interests
  • Francesco’s second wife, Bianca Cappello, and their death in 1587
  • Francesco and Cosimo I
  • Francesco and Ferdinando de’ Medici

Please email proposals to Lisa Boutin-Vitela (lboutin@cerritos.edu) and Lindsay Alberts (lalberts@framingham.edu) by June 1.

Proposals should include paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, very brief CV (300-word maximum), and a-v requests.

Tags:  Alchemy  Bianca Cappello  Buontalenti  Cosimo I de’ Medici  Ferdinando de’ Medici  Francesco de’ Medici  Global Renaissance  Materiality  Medici  Palazzo Vecchio  Porcelain  Studiolo  Uffizi  Vasari 

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