Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence: Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence

Hardcover | August 24, 2016

byLia Markey

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The first full-length study of the impact of the discovery of the Americas on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence demonstrates that the Medici grand dukes of Florence were not only great patrons of artists but also early conservators of American culture.

In collecting New World objects such as featherwork, codices, turquoise, and live plants and animals, the Medici grand dukes undertook a “vicarious conquest” of the Americas. As a result of their efforts, Renaissance Florence boasted one of the largest collections of objects from the New World as well as representations of the Americas in a variety of media. Through a close examination of archival sources, including inventories and Medici letters, Lia Markey uncovers the provenance, history, and meaning of goods from and images of the Americas in Medici collections, and she shows how these novelties were incorporated into the culture of the Florentine court.

More than just a study of the discoveries themselves, this volume is a vivid exploration of the New World as it existed in the minds of the Medici and their contemporaries. Scholars of Italian and American art history will especially welcome and benefit from Markey’s insight.

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The first full-length study of the impact of the discovery of the Americas on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence demonstrates that the Medici grand dukes of Florence were not only great patrons of artists but also early conservators of American culture.In collecting New World objects such as ...

Lia Markey has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, and she has held fellowships at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 10 × 9 × 0.98 inPublished:August 24, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027107115X

ISBN - 13:9780271071152

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 The New World and Italy in the Early Sixteenth Century

2 A Turkey in a Medici Tapestry

3 The Americas in the Guardaroba Nuova

4 Francesco’s Exchange and Documentation of American Nature

5 The Stanzino and the Representation of the New World

6 Between Ethnography and Fantasy in Ferdinando’s New World

7 The Florentine Codex and Buti’s Frescoes of Amerindians

8 Stradano’s Invention of the Americas

9 The Americas Both Real and Imagined

Conclusion: Vicarious Conquest

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Lia Markey’s book is pathbreaking. For too long Italian Renaissance art-history studies have been introspective and provincial. The author insists upon what Shakespeare already knew: that the Mediterranean world had opened to new places and people. Her study reveals that the Medici of Florence not only received images from and about the New World but also incorporated these distant forms and iconographies into their own visual vocabulary. Markey demonstrates that Italian artists worked not to exoticize but to familiarize the new and, in doing so, engaged with America in complex and contradictory ways.”—Thomas B. F. Cummins, author of Toasts with the Inca: Andean Abstraction and Colonial Images on Quero Vessels