Publication – A cultural Symbiosis

Klazina Botke and Henk H. T. van Veen (éds.), A cultural symbiosis. Patrician art patronage and Medicean cultural politics in Florence (1530-1610) (Leuven University Press), 2021

330 pages – 230 × 170 mm – ISBN : 9789462702967 – English – Décembre 2021

The prolonged influence of patricians on the cultural and artistic life in Florence. Contrary to general belief, the history of the Florentine patriciate did not end with the establishment of the State of Tuscany under de’ Medici in 1532. Proud and self-confident patricians did not become subservient courtiers overnight, but remained significantly influential for a long period. They retained their urban identity and longstanding family traditions, while acquiring noble titles, estates, and villas at the same time. The mark that these patricians continued to leave on the city’s cultural and artistic life was not ignored by the Medici grand dukes; on the contrary, they embraced these manifestations by incorporating them into their own visual expressions of power and prestige. A Cultural Symbiosis highlights these artistic expressions through eight specific case studies, focusing on the Valori, Pucci, Ridolfi, Vecchietti, Del Nero, Salviati, Guicciardini, and Niccolini families.

Contributors: Carla D’Arista (Columbia University), Klazina D. Botke (University of Groningen / Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), Julia Dijkstra (Museum MORE), Sanne Roefs (Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in The Hague), Henk Th. van Veen (University of Groningen), Bouk Wierda (Classical Academy of Art in Groningen), Andrea Zagli (University of Siena)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).


Henk Th. van Veen is professor emeritus in art history at the University of Groningen.
Klazina D. Botke holds a PhD in art history from the University of Groningen and is currently a Getty Paper Project Fellow at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.


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