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Art, Mobility, and Exchange in Early Modern Tuscany and Eurasia

ISBN 9780367467289
Published July 23, 2020 by Routledge
236 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores how the Medici Grand Dukes pursued ways to expand their political, commercial, and cultural networks beyond Europe, cultivating complex relations with the Ottoman Empire and other Islamicate regions, and looking further east to India, China, and Japan.

The chapters in this volume discuss how casting a global, cross-cultural net was part and parcel of the Medicean political vision. Diplomatic gifts, items of commercial exchange, objects looted at war, maritime connections, and political plots were an inherent part of how the Medici projected their state on the global arena. The eleven chapters of this volume demonstrate that the mobility of objects, people, and knowledge that generated the global interactions analyzed here was not unidirectional—rather, it went both to and from Tuscany. In addition, by exploring evidence of objects produced in Tuscany for Asian markets,this book reveals hitherto neglected histories of how Western cultures projected themselves eastwards.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Eurasian Tuscany, or the Fifth Element

    Francesco Freddolini

      Part 1: Mediterranean Connections

    1. Making a New Prince: Tuscany, the Pasha of Aleppo, and the Dream of a New Levant

    Brian Brege

    2. To the Victor Go the Spoils: Christian Triumphalism, Cosimo I de’ Medici and the Order of Santo Stefano in Pisa

    Joseph M. Silva

    3. Medici Patronage and Exotic Collectibles in the Seventeenth Century: the Cospi Collection

    Federica Gigante

    Part 2: Livorno: Infrastructures and Networks of Exchange

    4. Disembedding the Market: Commerce, Competition, and the Free Port of 1676

    Corey Tazzara

    5. Red Coral from Livorno to Hirado: British Early Trading Networks and Maritime Trajectories, c. 1570-1623

    Tiziana Iannello

    6. Ginori Porcelain: Florentine Identity and trade with the Levant

    Cinzia Maria Sicca

    Part 3: Asian Interactions

    7. Of Rhinos, Peppercorns, and Saints: (Re)presenting India in Medici Florence

    Erin E. Benay

    9. Eurasian Networks of Pietre Dure: Francesco Paolsanti Indiano and His Early Seventeenth-Century Trade between Florence and Goa

    Francesco Freddolini

    10. The Russian Fata Morgana of Cosimo III: The Fluctuating Portraits of Kangxi between Florence and Beijing

    Marco Musillo

    11. Postscript. Textual Threads and Starry Messengers: The Global Medici from the Archive to the Fondaco

    Marco Musillo

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    Francesco Freddolini is Associate Professor of Art History at Luther College, University of Regina, Canada, and Director of the Humanities Research Institute, University of Regina.

    Marco Musillo is an independent researcher.


    "[T]he essays in the volume are overall very strong, and the volume is a major contribution to this area of inquiry."

    --CAA Reviews