Cosimo I De'Medici as Collector

Antiquities and Archaeology in Sixteenth-century Florence

Author: Andrea Gáldy

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 571

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This study is exploring the collections and the collector's aims in putting together one of the major examples of a princely collection of antiquities. Both the categories of the objects and the forms of display adopted at different times during Cosimo's reign are discussed in the historical context of a developing and expanding independent principality. Using a wealth of (mostly unpublished) archival sources, this volume attempts to reconstruct as far as possible the collection and its display in Florence. It also sets out the archaeological and artistic context of Cosimo's collection of antiquities that survives in part in the Florentine museums. Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-1574) collected antiquities from the moment he became Duke of Florence in January 1537. In so doing he continued a family tradition from the previous century and also connected with the cultural politics of the main line of the house of Medici.

Giorgio Vasari and the Birth of the Museum

Author: MaiaWellington Gahtan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351565508

Category: Art

Page: 296

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Giorgio Vasari and the Birth of the Museum offers the first dedicated and comprehensive study of Vasari?s original contributions to the making of museums, addressing the subject from the full range of aspects - collecting, installation, conceptual-historical - in which his influence is strongly felt. Uniting specialists of Giorgio Vasari with scholars of historical museology, this collection of essays presents a cross-disciplinary overview of Vasari?s approaches to the collecting and display of art, artifacts and memorabilia. Although the main focus of the book is on the mid-late 16th century, contributors also bring to light that Vasari?s museology enjoyed a substantial afterlife well into the modern museum era. This volume is a fundamental addition to the museum studies literature and a welcome enhancement to the scholarly industry on Giorgio Vasari.

Concepts of Value in European Material Culture, 1500-1900

Author: Bert De Munck,Dries Lyna

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317162404

Category: History

Page: 304

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In contemporary society it would seem self-evident that people allow the market to determine the values of products and services. For everything from a loaf of bread to a work of art to a simple haircut, value is expressed in monetary terms and seen as determined primarily by the 'objective' interplay between supply and demand. Yet this 'price-mechanism' is itself embedded in conventions and frames of reference which differed according to time, place and product type. Moreover, the dominance of the conventions of utility maximising and calculative homo economicus is a relatively new phenomenon, and one which directly correlates to the steady advent of capitalism in early modern Europe. This volume brings together scholars with expertise in a variety of related fields, including economic history, the history of consumption and material culture, art history, and the history of collecting, to explore changing concepts of value from the early modern period to the nineteenth century and present a new view on the advent of modern economic practices. Jointly, they fundamentally challenge traditional historical narratives about the rise of our contemporary market economy and consumer society.

Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence

Author: Lia Markey

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271078227

Category: History

Page: 264

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The first full-length study of the impact of the discovery of the Americas on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence demonstrates that the Medici grand dukes of Florence were not only great patrons of artists but also early conservators of American culture. In collecting New World objects such as featherwork, codices, turquoise, and live plants and animals, the Medici grand dukes undertook a “vicarious conquest” of the Americas. As a result of their efforts, Renaissance Florence boasted one of the largest collections of objects from the New World as well as representations of the Americas in a variety of media. Through a close examination of archival sources, including inventories and Medici letters, Lia Markey uncovers the provenance, history, and meaning of goods from and images of the Americas in Medici collections, and she shows how these novelties were incorporated into the culture of the Florentine court. More than just a study of the discoveries themselves, this volume is a vivid exploration of the New World as it existed in the minds of the Medici and their contemporaries. Scholars of Italian and American art history will especially welcome and benefit from Markey’s insight.

Women Patrons and Collectors

Author: Susan Bracken,Andrea M. Gáldy

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443834769

Category: Art

Page: 220

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In looking at the history of collecting, one may be excused for regarding it as an activity in which, traditionally, women have shown little interest or in which they have not been involved. As the present volume shows, women—particularly aristocratic women—not only resisted this discrimination through the ages, but also built important collections and used them to their own advantage, in order to make statements about their lineage, power, cultural heritage or religious preferences. That is not to say that there was not an increasing number of middle-class women who became draughtswomen, painters and natural scientists and who found it equally beneficial for their chosen profession to collect. In every case, the female collector chose to collect and what to collect; she chose how and where to present the collection and she also decided when to dispose of objects, thereby occasionally taking on a curatorial role. Women have been seen as gatherers of furnishings, jewellery, dress and objects of domestic life. This third volume in the Collecting & Display series of conference proceedings challenges such perceptions through the detailed analysis of different types of collecting by women from the early modern period onwards; it thus seeks to give a voice to a group of important female collectors from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century whose importance for the history of collecting has not yet, or not sufficiently, been acknowledged.

Collecting and dynastic ambition

Author: Susan Bracken,Andrea Gáldy,Adriana Turpin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 143

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Römische Werte als Gegenstand der Altertumswissenschaft

Author: Andreas Haltenhoff,Andreas Heil,Fritz-Heiner Mutschler

Publisher: K. G. Saur

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ethics

Page: 286

View: 9977

Are the Roman values focused upon above all by Latinists in the first half of the 20th century, still relevant to the classical studies of today, or can they, in view of new research approaches and interdisciplinary discourse, still be of interest? This volume, the result of an "Institutionalism and Historicity" special research area seminar at Dresden Technical University, discusses this question in a productive manner. Eleven contributions, written by classical philologists, ancient historians and classical archaeologists, offer a range of critical surveys as well as on-going conceptual ideas and concrete individual studies.