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In this study, first published in 2006, 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 onwards 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.Read more
- Question the accepted view on Cosimo I as a patron of art and culture
- Throws new light on major Florentine works of art
- Examines not only art and architecture, but also literature, historiography, religion, and festive culture
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- Date Published: July 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107619319
- length: 280 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Dynasty and destiny
2. Shaping the Florentinist perspective
3. The Sala Grande in the Palazzo della Signoria
4. The Uffizi and the Pitti
5. The Apparato for the entry of Joanna of Austria
6. The Neptune Fountain and other major secular commissions
7. Commissions in churches
8. The Grand Ducal commissions (1569–74)
9. In praise of the city and its elite
10. The Florentinist Perspective
11. Cosimo the citizen prince.
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