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Court culture in 17th-century Florence: The art patronage of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (1622--1694)

Author: Eve Straussman-Pflanzer
Publisher: 2010.
Dissertation: Ph. D. New York University, Institute of Fine Arts 2010
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This doctoral dissertation provides the first in-depth assessment of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (1622-1694). My study, largely grounded in heretofore unexamined archival sources, investigates the art patronage of Vittoria della Rovere and reconsiders the 17th-century Florentine court culture that informed this patronage. The Grand Duchess emerges as a ruler who shrewdly manipulated courtly decorum  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Vittoria, Grand Duchess consort of Ferdinando II Grand-Duke of Tuscany; Vittoria, Grand Duchess consort of Ferdinando II Grand-Duke of Tuscany
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Eve Straussman-Pflanzer
OCLC Number: 827628265
Reproduction Notes: Photocopy. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Dissertation Services, c2010. xviii, 438 p., [68] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Description: xviii, 438 leaves, [68] leaves of plates : color illustrations
Other Titles: Art patronage of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (1622--1694)
Responsibility: by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer.

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This doctoral dissertation provides the first in-depth assessment of Medici Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (1622-1694). My study, largely grounded in heretofore unexamined archival sources, investigates the art patronage of Vittoria della Rovere and reconsiders the 17th-century Florentine court culture that informed this patronage. The Grand Duchess emerges as a ruler who shrewdly manipulated courtly decorum and protocol in order to fulfill her own personal and political ends. In her patronage of state and "allegorical" portraiture (most intriguingly in the guise of religious personages), devotional paintings (especially by Carlo Dolci), and her remarkably active patronage of talented women (in music, literature, and the visual arts), Vittoria della Rovere materializes as a dynamic and important early modern patron. Period documents also testify to the Grand Duchess's pivotal role in the complex patronage networks between European courts in this period. Vittoria della Rovere's exchange of works of art and other property--as well as the sharing of musicians and singers with both local and foreign noblewomen--is particularly noteworthy in re-evaluating her historical contribution. By situating Vittoria della Rovere's collecting habits within the framework of the early modern court, I demonstrate that the social, political, and artistic culture of 17th-century Florence cannot be fully understood without the contributions of this Medici Grand Duchess.

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