The Medici : portraits and politics, 1512-1570

2021, Book , 327 pages :
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Summary/Review: Between 1512 and 1570, Florence underwent dramatic political transformations. As citizens jockeyed for prominence, portraits became an essential means more...
Summary/Review: Between 1512 and 1570, Florence underwent dramatic political transformations. As citizens jockeyed for prominence, portraits became an essential means not only of recording likeness but also of conveying a sitter's character, social position, and cultural ambitions. This fascinating book explores the ways that painters, including Jacopo Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, and Francesco Salviati, sculptors such as Benvenuto Cellini, and others endowed Florentine portraiture with the erudite and self-consciously stylish character that made it so distinctive. Although the Medici family had ruled Florence since 1434, Cosimo I de Medici, who became the second Duke of Florence in 1537, demonstrated a particularly shrewd use of culture as a political tool to transform Florence into a dynastic duchy and give Florentine art the central position it has held ever since. Featuring 100 remarkable paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and medals, this volume presents a sweeping, penetrating exploration of a crucial and vibrant period in Italian art. Exhibition: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (26.06.-11.10.2021)
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