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Cosimo I de' Medici as collector; antiquities and archaeology in sixteenth-century Florence.

9781443801720

Cosimo I de' Medici as collector; antiquities and archaeology in sixteenth-century Florence.

Galdy, Andrea M.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

2009

571 pages

$82.99

Hardcover

N5273

Sixteenth century Italy was an era of city states and princely domains. Florence was ruled by Duke Cosimo I de' Medici who, like many of his contemporaries, gathered huge collections of classical art and artifacts as a means of demonstrating a higher order of culture and power. In doing so, he was carrying on a well-established characteristic of de' Medicis before him. This book, part historical overview, part catalog of specific artifacts in the Cosimo I de' Medici collections, will be of interest to art historians of the era. A working knowledge of Italian will be necessary for those wanting to understand the descriptions of many of the artifacts.

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