Against the Medici: Art and Dissent in Early Modern Italy (Contro i Medici: arte e dissenso nell’Italia del Rinascimento)

Event Date: 
26 May 2016 to 27 May 2016

Archivio di Stato,­ Florence

26­‐27 May 2016

As patrons of art, the Medici left a legacy that is unrivalled. Their well-known narrative lies at the center of Renaissance scholarship. The Medici patronized painters and sculptors, founded academies, preserved and curated their collections, and used both artists and artworks as political tools to convey their agendas and augment their prestige amongst the courts of Italy and Europe. Yet, just as Medici identity was expressed in terms of this cultural patrimony, so too were the attacks of their enemies. A rich corpus of anti-Medicean works of art remains underappreciated and understudied: works of art that communicated messages of opposition, hostility and even hate that struck at the very heart of the political identity of the Medici dynasty. Recognizing the role that art, artists, and artistic patronage played in opposing the Medici (roughly from Cosimo the Elder to the end of the sixteenth century), this two-day event, sponsored by the Medici Archive Project and the Archivio di Stato in Florence, will address this lacuna.

 

PROGRAMME

Day One: Thursday, 26 May 2016

9:00 Welcome
Carla Zarrilli (Archivio di Stato di Firenze)
Abigail Rupp (US Consul General of Florence)
Alessio Assonitis (The Medici Archive Project)

9:20 Introduction
Stefano Dall’Aglio (The Medici Archive Project)

9:30 Keynote Lecture
Paolo Simoncelli (Sapienza - Università di Roma)

10:40 PANEL ONE: Damnatio Memoriae
Chair: Ludovica Sebregondi (Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi)

10:40 Marcello Simonetta (Sciences Po/American University of Paris): Dissenso mediceo e damnatio memoriae (1478-1527)

11:05 Sheila Barker (The Medici Archive Project): A Brush Mightier than the Pen. Pitture Infamanti to Shame the Medici

11:30 Alexander Röstel (Courtauld Institute of Art): The Art of Consent - The Political Dimensions of Style

11:55 Sheryl Reiss (Italian Art Society): "Di grande e riputato cardinale, piccolo e poco stimato papa": Pope Clement VII and the Politics of Reputation

13:30 PANEL TWO: Bindo Altoviti et alia
Chair: Dimitrios Zikos (Universität Innsbruck)

13:30 Julia Dijkstra (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): Cosimo I de’ Medici versus Bindo Altoviti: Battle of the Busts?

13:55 Fabio Marcelli (Universita degli Studi di Perugia): La dissidenza di Bindo Altoviti: proposta per un’allegoria anti medicea

14:20 Vincenzo Sorrentino (Università di Firenze, Pisa e Siena): Luigi del Riccio: un outsider tra i fuoriusciti?

15:30 PANEL THREE: Anti-Medici Patronage
Chair: Silvia Danesi Squarzina (Sapienza - Università di Roma)

15:30 Simone Andreoni (Sapienza - Università di Roma): Classicismo e arcaismo a San Silvestro al Quirinale: il caso della
cappella funebre di fra’ Mariano Fetti (1460-1531)

15:55 Lucinda Byatt (Edinburgh University): Cardinal Niccolò Ridolfi: Cultural Patronage and Fuoriuscitismo in the Veneto

16:20 Mattia Biffis (CASVA - Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts): ‘Repatriaranno i fuorusciti?’ Venetian Portraits of Florentine Exiles, 1540-1545

16:45 Francesco Freddolini (Luther College, University of Regina): Manipulating History and Re-branding Identities: Patronage and Displayof former Medici Opponents in Late Sixteenth- and EarlySeventeenth-Century Florence

Day Two: Friday, 27 May 2016

9:00 PANEL FOUR: Michelangelo
Chair: Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi (former director, Museo Nazionale delBargello)

9:00 Nicoletta Baldini (Università ‘Luigi Bocconi’ ): I Medici popolani e Michelangelo

9:25 Eliana Carrara (Università degli Studi del Molise) Emanuela Ferretti (Università degli Studi di Firenze):Michelangelo and Florence: Working for and against the Medici (1529-1564)

9:50 James Hall (Independent Scholar): Michelangelo’s Apollo (c. 1530) for Baccio Valori: A Plea for Tolerance?

10:30 PANEL FIVE: Vasari
Chair: Henk van Veen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

10:30 Marco Ruffini (Sapienza - Università di Roma): The Lives without the Medici?

10:55 Laura Overpelt (Open Universiteit Nederland): Christofano Gherardi in Giorgio Vasari’s Team in the Palazzo Vecchio: From Republican Rebel to Protégé of the Principate

11:50 PANEL SIX: Pontormo and Bronzino
Chair: Serena Padovani (former director, Galleria Palatina)

11:50 Salvatore Lo Re (Independent Scholar): Varchi e Pontormo

12:15 Antonio Geremicca (Université de Liège): ‘Vessilliferi’ dei Medici? Pontormo e Bronzino nella Firenze cosimiana

12:40 Chrysa Damianaki (Università del Salento): Insights in Pontormo’s Lost Frescoes in San Lorenzo: Their Relation to the Florentine Academy

14:20 PANEL SEVEN: Architecture and Dissent
Chair: Emanuela Ferretti (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

14:20 Costantino Ceccanti (Università degli Studi di Firenze) Ventura Vitoni e l’architettura a Pistoia ai tempi della Repubblica di
Pier Soderini

14:45 Carla D’Arista (Columbia University): Architectural Disequilibrium as Political Dissent: Bartolomeo Ammannati at Casa Pucci (1548-1549)

15:10 Anatole Tchikine (Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University): Cultivating Dissent: Horticulture and Self-Representation in Late
Sixteenth-Century Medici Tuscany

16:10 PANEL EIGHT: Institutional (Dis)loyalties
Chair: Nerida Newbigin (University of Sydney)

16:10 Dèborah Blocker (University of California, Berkeley): The Prince’s Academy and the Florentine Patriciate’s Accademia Privata: A New Look at the Creation of the Accademia degli Alterati and its Subsequent Interactions with the Medici Regime (1569-1587)

16:35 Francesco Martelli (Archivio di Stato di Firenze)
Giulia Cicali (École Pratique des Hautes Études - Sorbonne): Croce di Malta o di Santo Stefano, una scelta di campo? Strategie
familiari nei patriziati di Firenze e Siena nella seconda metà del Cinquecento

17:10 Conclusions
Alessio Assonitis (The Medici Archive Project)

Registration is not necessary.

Submission date for papers: 
01 Jan 2016