Cosimo I de' Medici and his Self-Representation in Florentine Art and Culture

Cosimo I de' Medici and his Self-Representation in Florentine Art and Culture

by Henk Th. van Veen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521837227

ISBN-13: 9780521837224

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this study, Henk Th. van Veen reassesses how Cosimo de' Medici represented himself in images during the course of his rule. Traditionally, Cosimo is seen to be posing as a republican prince in the images made of him during the early years of his reign. As his power grew, he represented himself as a proud dynastic and territorial ruler. By contrast, van Veen argues…  See more details below

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In this study, Henk Th. van Veen reassesses how Cosimo de' Medici represented himself in images during the course of his rule. Traditionally, Cosimo is seen to be posing as a republican prince in the images made of him during the early years of his reign. As his power grew, he represented himself as a proud dynastic and territorial ruler. By contrast, van Veen argues that Cosimo represented himself as a lofty ruler in the initial phase of his regime, but that from 1559 onward, he posed as a citizen-prince. Analyzing all of Cosimo's major commissions, both art and architecture, to support his argument, van Veen also examines historiographical and literary evidence, as well as the civic traditions, rites, and customs that Cosimo promoted in sixteenth-century Florence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521837224
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Dynasty and destiny8
2Shaping the Florentinist perspective32
3The Sala Grande in the Palazzo Della Signoria54
4The Uffizi and the Pitti81
5The Apparato for the entry of Joanna of Austria93
6The Neptune Fountain and other major secular commissions103
7Commissions in churches117
8The Grand Ducal commissions (1569-1574)131
9In praise of the city and its elite148
10Florentinist cultural politics160
11Cosimo the citizen-prince185

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