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Stripping the armour: Uncovering visual culture in the Medici court

Stripping the armour: Uncovering visual culture in the Medici court

Discover the fascinating history of the 16th century Medici court through the visual culture of Renaissance Florence. Bringing together leading scholars, this one-day symposium focuses on the art, power and politics surrounding the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’Medici.

Image: Agnolo Bronzino Cosimo I de’Medici in armour 1540s (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales

6 Tracks
01 The accidental Prince: Cosimo I and the creation of a court in Florence
02 The Duke and the dwarf: Poetic portraits by Bronzino at the Medici court
03 Visible and hidden paintings: Bronzino’s Cosimo I de’ Medici in armour, 1540s
04 From Lake Como to Sydney Harbour: The intricate itineraries of a Grand-Ducal portrait, 1551-1996
05 The politics of architectural form under Cosimo I
06 The Duke’s companion: Eleonora di Toledo, portraiture, patronage and the role of a ducal consort at the Medici court