Simone Picchianti completed his master’s degree at University of Florence in April 2015, with a thesis in history of cultures and mentality in the Middle Ages. The focus of his researches is on the production and trade of armor and sword in Florence between the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 16th century. In this respect, he has collaborated in autumn 2018 to the general rearrangement of the display of the arms and armor collection at the Museo delle Armi Luigi Marzoli di Brescia, and for four years he was a collaborator at the Museo Stibbert in Florence. Through the Museo Stibbert he has published a catalog-study of the collection of European rapiers of the 16th and 17th centuries (Le spade da lato al Museo Stibbert). In the summer 2020, he will also publish the Charter of the Florentine Arte dei Corazzai e Spadai. During his fellowship at the Medici Archive Project, he will focus on the reconstruction of the work and private life of Giuliano Ferraccini, the most important sword-smith at the Medici court in the 16th century.
Caterina Vitelli received her Master’s degree in History of Modern Art at the University of Florence and she then received her Diploma in Archival Science at Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica in Rome. She has been working for the Archivio Storico dei Musei Vaticani, dealing with the card-indexing of the documentary of Laboratori di Restauro. Currently she’s taking on the project Cei-Ar at the Archivio Storico di San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome of Canons Regolar of the Lateran. She is reorganizing documents coming from the archive of the Rectory of Lucca, where registers of expenses, inventories of movable and immovable property from XI century until 2004, date of the closing of the Rectory, are stored. Her focus is on archive research regarding art of the 16th century in Florence and at the Medici Archive Project she will investigate Jacopo Coppi’s youth and training at the Medici Court (1550-1576).
Alessandro Lo Bartolo is a third-year doctoral student in History (early modern) at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Addobbati. His doctoral dissertation examines the administration of the Florentine subject territory during the rule of Alessandro (ca. 1530-1537), first Medici duke of the Florentine Republic, in order to shed light on this crucial moment from the perspective of the Territorial State’s consolidation. Lo Bartolo received his Master’s degree in History (Early modern) at the University of Pisa in 2015, and the qualification of Expert in Historical communication (Master Universitario di II livello) at the University of Roma Tre in 2017. In the past years he has been working on Alessandro’s and Cosimo I’s entourage. He is also interested in late-Medieval and Early modern institutional history, and in Tuscan local history. During his fellowship at the Medici Archive Project he aims to study the building of an efficient internal postal network in the early Medicean principato (ca. 1530-1555).
Elisa Martini graduated at the Sapienza University of Rome in 2019 with a thesis on Michelangelo Cerquozzi collecting history and critical reception during the seventeenth century. Previously she completed a Master I in Museology at the École du Louvre of Paris, working on communities of Dutch and Flemish painters active in Rome.. She is currently enrolled in the postgraduate School of cultural heritage at the University of Florence and a fellow of the Fondazione Ermitage Italia. During her fellowship at the Medici Archive Project she aims to focus on the biography, career and artistic interests of Count Torquato Barbolani di Montauto, resident ambassador to the Holy See for the Grand Dukes Ferdinando II and Cosimo III de’ Medici, and one of Leopoldo de’ Medici’s art advisors in Rome, in the attempt to paint a more cohesive picture of the exchanges between Roman art market and Florence and particularly of the Medici’s collecting and commissioning prerogatives in the seventeenth century.
Samuel H. Kress Fellow 2020
Kenta Tokushige is a PhD candidate in Art History at The Pennsylvania State University. His dissertation entitled, Being ‘Military Architect’: Building Fortifications in Cosimo I de’ Medici’s Realm, attempts to restructure the history of renaissance fortification building by focusing on the questions concerning ‘military architect’ as a profession, formation of the knowledge, and the individual role of the architect and patron within the construction of the fortification through earlier examples of Italian Renaissance fortification built in the mid-Cinquecento under Cosimo I. He completed his B.Arch. and M.A. in Architecture at Waseda University and Master of Architectural History from University of Virginia. During his fellowship at the MAP he plans to study materials related to Giovanni Battista Belluzzi, Giovanni Camerini, Baldassare Lanci and Simone Genga. He is especially interested in the design and construction process of fortification and Cosimo I’s involvement.
Margo Weitzman is a PhD candidate in Art History at Rutgers University. Her research investigates works of art within their social, political, and economic environments in order to offer new ways to consider public reception. She completed her BA in Fine Art at DePaul University, and her MA in Humanities with a focus in art history at the University of Chicago. Before beginning her PhD, she co-curated the exhibition Tensions in Renaissance Cities at the University of Chicago, which looked comparatively at political, religious, and cultural tensions in cities in Western Europe and Mexico. Her dissertation will explore cultural exchange between Italy and India in the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries under the direction of Sarah Blake McHam.