Art, Mobility, and Exchange in Early Modern Tuscany and Eurasia: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

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

1st Edition

Edited by Francesco Freddolini, Marco Musillo


256 pages | 45 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367467289
pub: 2020-06-29
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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 that follow show 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 volume shows that the mobility of objects, people, and knowledge that generated the global interactions we explore was not unidirectional – rather, they went both to and from Tuscany. Several chapters explore evidence of objects produced in Tuscany for Asian markets and reveal hitherto neglected histories of how Western cultures projected themselves eastwards.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, early modern history, material culture, and Renaissance studies.

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

About the Editors

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. 

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Renaissance