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The Florentine Academy and the Early Modern State

The Florentine Academy and the Early Modern State
The Discipline of Disegno


  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521641623

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  • This title examines the academic, confraternal, and guild practices of artists in Florence over a period of two hundred years, from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth century. Based on archival sources, many of which are published here for the first time, it provides a detailed study of the pedagogy in the institution's school, and also focuses on the public dimension of artists' lives - the performance of corporate charity, devotion, and juridical authority, as well as academic exercises, intellectual exchange, and the development of fora within which dilettantes could display their wealth and demonstrate their erudition. Covering the history of the Academy under Medici rule, and examining production, reception and patronage associated with the concept disegno, this study links changes in artistic practice to shifts in the political fortunes of the Tuscan Grand Dukes.

    • First comprehensive history of the first academy of art, based on thorough archival research
    • Covers the functions and activities of the academy's confraternity and guild, for which there is no precedent
    • Contributes to the study of the dissolution of centralized authority in early modern Europe, and the emergence of bourgeois practices
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521641623
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 162 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Culture and Politics: The Academy under the Medici Principate:
    1. Cosimo I de' Medici and the foundation of the Compagnia ed Accademia del Disegno
    2. The evolution of the Università, Compagnia, ed Accademia del Disegno from Francesco I to Cosimo II
    3. Institutional reform of the Academy under Ferdinando II
    4. The rise of an administrative class and the decline of the Academy as a Medici Institution under Cosimo III and Giangastone
    Part II. Discourses and Power: Disegno and Corporate Unity in the Formation of the Academy:
    5. Disegno as a disciplinary practice: the Academy school
    6. Fellowships of discourse: the Academy's confraternity and guild
    Reflections on the archive: the rule of the Academy

  • Author

    Karen-edis Barzman, State University of New York, Binghamton

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