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Cosimo I de’Medici and Granducal Florence
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When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Where: The Warburg Institute
Woburn Square
London, London  WC1H 0AB
United Kingdom
Contact: Désirée Cappa

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A new series of lectures at The Warburg Institute.

Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519–74), first Grandduke of Tuscany, was both a consummate administrator and a fierce patron of the arts. The lecture series Cosimo I De’Medici and Granducal Florence celebrates the 500th anniversary of his 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, 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 with advance booking, and followed by a wine reception.

Wednesday 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'

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