1st Edition

Florence After the Medici Tuscan Enlightenment, 1737-1790

Edited By Corey Tazzara, Paula Findlen, Jacob Soll Copyright 2020
    356 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Although there is a rich historiography on Enlightenment Tuscany in Italian as well as French and German, the principle Anglophone works are Eric Cochrane’s Tradition and Enlightenment in the Tuscan Academies (1961) and his Enlightenment Florence in the Forgotten Centuries (1973). It is high time to revisit the Tuscan Enlightenment. This volume brings together an international group of scholars with the goal of putting to rest the idea that Florence ceased to be interesting after the Renaissance. Indeed, it is partly the explicit dialogue between Renaissance and Enlightenment that makes eighteenth-century Tuscany so interesting. This enlightened age looked to the past. It began the Herculean project of collecting, editing, and publishing many of the manuscripts that today form the bedrock of any serious study of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Vasari, Galileo, and other Tuscan writers. This was an age of public libraries, projects of cultural restoration, and the emergence of the Uffizi as a public art gallery, complemented by a science museum in Peter Leopold’s reign whose relics can still be visited in the Museo Galileo and La Specola.

    Introduction: Tuscany and Enlightenment in the Atlantic World

    Corey Tazzara and Paula Findlen

    Part I: The Politics of Knowledge in Enlightenment Tuscany

    1. The Enlightenment at Work: Ideology, Reform, and a Blueprint for a Constitution

    Renato Pasta

    2. The Politics of Libraries Under the Habsburg-Lorraines

    Emmanuelle Chapron

    3. The Economics of Healthcare and the Tuscan Medical Enlightenment

    Elizabeth W. Mellyn

    4. From the Body to the Body Politic: Peter Leopold’s Florentine Enlightenment State

    Rebecca Messbarger

    Part II: Commerce and the State

    5. Carlo Ginori and the Modernization of the Tuscan Economy

    Antonella Alimento

    6. Commercial Crisis in Livorno and the Remaking of the Tuscan Hinterland

    Corey Tazzara

    7. Forests, Woods, Roads: Agricultural Landscapes as Instruments for the Material Administration of an Eighteenth-Century Tuscan Periphery

    Lavinia Maddaluno

    Part III: History, Culture, and Enlightenment

    8. Long After the Trial: Galileo's Rediscovery, Florentine Nostalgia, and Enlightened Passions

    Paula Findlen

    9. Making Renaissance Art Florentine

    Heather Hyde Minor

    10. "Twenty Magnificent Temples of the Arts": Geographic Schools in the Uffizi Gallery

    Callum Reid

    Epilogue: The Encyclopedic Prince: Grand Duke Peter Leopold (1747-1792) and the Meaning of Tuscan Enlightenment

    Jacob Soll


    Corey Tazzara is Assistant Professor of History at Scripps College.

    Paula Findlen is the Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History at Stanford University.

    Jacob Soll is Professor of History and Accounting at the University of Southern California.