Conference – Florence Circa 1600: the Financing of Culture

Florence Circa 1600: Patrician Families and the Financing of Culture

11 - 12 April 2019

Master of Arts in Museum Studies - Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici

SAGAS Department - University of Florence

Studies about the cultural life of Florence at the turn of the Seventeenth century usually concentrate on the Medici court, the various academies, or the confraternities, and less on the role of patrician families who had sustained both the economy and the society since late medieval times. These élite families participated in the academies and in court life but also had many more focused particular interests; they were a vital to the creation of new forms of art and music.

In this conference, we hope to shine a light on the economic activities of such families and how their economic successes permitted avant-garde culture—in literature, art, music, theatre, etc.—to flourish. We are interested in each family’s patronage of artisans but also how this patronage influenced other families with whom they had contact through informal gatherings as well as established institutions. There are many families which could be studied in this regard, for example the Bardi (especially Giovanni), Corsi (Jacopo and Bardo), Davanzati (Bernardo), Del Bene (Giulio), Del Nero, Gaddi (Niccolò), Guicciardini (Piero), Rinuccini (Ottavio and Alessandro), Strozzi (Piero and Giovanni Battista the Younger/ ‘il poeta’), but also others. We seek proposals about individual patrons in these critical decades but also about more general issues raised by our theme.

We will hold the conference 11-12 April 2019, the 450-year anniversary of the foundation of the Accademia degli Alterati.

Associated with the conference is an exhibition on Michelangelo the Younger and the Birth of Opera at the Casa Buonarroti and a production of the recently discovered first rendition of Dafne — the first such production ever attempted.

The conference will be held in English at Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (Museum Studies) and the University of Florence (SAGAS department). Hospitality will be provided but not travel expenses.

The conference is organized by Tim Carter, Francesca Fantappiè, Maia Wellington Gahtan, and Donatella Pegazzano.

CALL FOR PAPERS  (submission deadline: 30 September 2018)

Conference Program

Thursday 11 April

Casa Buonarroti, Via Ghibellina 70


9.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Maia Wellington Gahtan (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici)
Alessandro Cecchi (Fondazione Casa Buonarroti)
9.30 Alessandro Cecchi (Fondazione Casa Buonarroti)
Baroque Splendors of the Pitti Granducal Palace and the Boboli Gardens under the Reign of Cosimo II
10.00 Donatella Pegazzano (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
The Accademici degli Alterati and the Figurative Arts: Some Questions of Taste
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 Elina Adam (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
The Decoration and the Furnishing of the Accademia degli Alterati’s Meeting Places (Del Nero Palace, Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta and Rented Spaces)
11.30 Francesca Baldassari (Università degli Studi di Padova; Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”)
The Artistic Patronage of Niccolò and Ludovico Arrighetti
12.00 Francesca Fantappiè (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici)
Beyond the Camerata: Music, Theatre and Academies at the Palazzo Rinaldi—From Domenico Belli to Marco da Gagliano (1616–1623)
12.30 Visit to the Exhibition with Francesca Fantappié and the Students of Marist – LdM Master of Arts in Museum Studies
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici – San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini, Via Faenza 43


15.00 Valentina Catalucci (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del Turismo)
“Nero, chal nome tuo contrario chiudi candido spirto”: The Multifaced Personality of Tommaso del Nero in the Accademia degli Alterati.
15.30 Maddalena Bonechi (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
On Alessandro Del Nero’s Musical Patronage
16.00 Valerio Morucci (University of Nevada, Reno)
Patricians in the Orsini Network and the Circulation of Poetry and Music Between Florence and Rome
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
17.00 Sanne Roefs (Heritage and Art Department of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
The Life of the Florentine Patrician Agnolo Guicciardini (1525-1581): An Independent Cultural Administrator in the Medici Duchy
17.30 Stefano Calonaci (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna)
Ricasoli, Bardi, Vitelli, Ramirez: Four Families and their Investments in the Cultural World
18.00 Antonella D’Ovidio (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
“Somma dilettazione nella musica ed ottimo gusto”: Marquis Filippo Niccolini as Musical Patron in Seventeenth-Century Florence.
18.30 – 20.00 Light Dinner at LdM

Friday 12 April

Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici – San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini, Via Faenza 43


9.00 Elisa Goudriaan (RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague)
Patricians, Artists and the Playful and Burlesque Style Literature, Art and Theatre (1600–1650)
9.30 Klazina Diuewke Botke (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; Klassieke Academie, Groningen)
The Salviati in the Seventeenth-Century: Art, Religion and Family Honour
10.00 Sara Paci Piccolo (Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici)
Machiavelli, Dei, Minerbetti, Speziali: Four Clergymen for One Church
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 Francesca Fiorelli Malesci (Museo delle Cappelle Medicee; Museo di Casa Martelli)
The Martelli Family: Between Wealth and Culture
11.30 Costantino Ceccanti (Musei del Bargello)
“Peregrinus et Alexander de Brunaccinis Cives Florentini”: From Rich to Noble
12.00 Richard Goldthwaite (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore), Allen Grieco (Villa I Tatti, Florence)
Culture in the Riccardi Vegetable Garden at Gualfonda
12.30 Tim Carter (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Fit for a Queen: The “Festa” in the Riccardi Gardens, 8 October 1600
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
15.00 Concert: Dafne. Ensemble ‟Musica Ricercata” (Director Michael Stüve)