A Cultural Symbiosis

Patrician Art Patronage and Medicean Cultural Politics in Florence (1530-1610)

Edited by Klazina D. Botke and Henk Th. van Veen

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The prolonged influence of patricians on the cultural and artistic life in Florence
The history of the Florentine patriciate did not end with the establishment of the Medici Duchy and Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Proud and self-confident, these patricians were not subservient courtiers; on the contrary, they continued to exert a considerable influence on Florentine culture and politics for centuries. The patrician class in sixteenth-century Florence were the descendants of wealthy, sophisticated and politically savvy families who, while acquiring noble titles, estates, and villas, retained their long-standing urban identity. The mark they left on the city’s cultural and artistic life was embraced by the Medici, who used their political and diplomatic knowhow, eleborate artistic commissions, and European networks to enhance their power and prestige. A Cultural Symbiosis highlights the contributions to Florentine art and culture of eight patricians, focusing on the Valori, Pucci, Ridolfi, Vecchietti, del Nero, Salviati, Guicciardini, and Niccolini families.

Contributors: Carla D’Arista (Columbia University), Klazina D. Botke (University of Groningen / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), Julia Dijkstra (Museum MORE), Sanne Roefs (Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in The Hague), Henk Th. van Veen (University of Groningen), Bouk Wierda (Classical Academy of Art in Groningen), Andrea Zagli (University of Siena)

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Henk Th. van Veen

I. Baccio the Younger and the Resurrection of the House of Valori
Henk Th. van Veen and Carla D’Arista 

II. The Pucci of Florence: Trusted Counsellors in Florence, Watchful Eyes in Rome
Carla D’Arista 

III. Michelangelo’s Brutus and the Florentine Exiles in Sixteenth- Century Italy
Julia Dijkstra

IV. Bernardo Vecchietti (1514–1590): Supplier of Expertise, Artefacts, and Men for Three Medici Grand Dukes
Bouk Wierda 

V. Palazzo del Nero: From Patrician to Courtly Spheres
Henk Th. van Veen

VI. Devotion Beyond Conflict: Two Generations of Salviati and Their Relationship with Savonarola and the Medici
Klazina D. Botke 

VII. Agnolo Guicciardini (1525–1581): A›Patrician Mainstay of Medici Cultural Politics
Sanne Roefs 

VIII. A Leap of Quality: The Well-Planned Career of Giovanni di Agnolo Niccolini (1544–1611) Under the Sway of the Medici
Andrea Zagli 

Addendum: Medici Archive Project
List of contributors

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 × 20 mm

320 pages

ISBN: 9789462702967

Publication: January 05, 2022

Languages: English

Stock item number: 145910

Henk Th. van Veen is professor emeritus in art history at the University of Groningen.
Klazina D. Botke holds a PhD in art history from the University of Groningen and is currently a Getty Paper Project Fellow at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.