The Tuesday Ten Talks: Online Lectures for Friends of the Medici Archive Project

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History is often recounted with big books and explanations of boggling complexity. We’d like to challenge that model—and ourselves—by addressing major themes in a concentrated format and using just ten archival documents or ten historical objects.  This is the idea behind our online lecture series: brief showcases of fun, fascinating archival finds. 

Every Tuesday, Friends of the Medici Archive Project are treated to the Tuesday Ten Talks led by MAP scholars. On occasion, we partner with other institutions to shake things up a bit and keep everyone on their toes.

Philippe de Champaigne, "Moses Presenting the Tablets of the Law," 1648, Milwaukee Art Museum

Previous Talks


September 22

The Life of Cosimo I de’ Medici in Ten Documents

Alessio Assonitis – MAP

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September 29

Did Flowers Have a Renaissance?

Ten Insights into Early Modern Botany and Gardening

Sheila Barker – MAP

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October 6

Ten Steps to Recovering Lost Music of the Medici

Mark Spyropoulos – MAP

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October 13

 Ten Astonishing Documents in the Medici Archives:

Fake News, Incredible Events, Mind-Blowing Marvels

Alessio Assonitis – MAP

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October 20 

*co-organized by TACITROOTS*

 Galileo Between Craft and Court: 

A Constellation of Ten Documents

Cristiano Zanetti – TACIT ROOTS

Sheila Barker – MAP


October 27 

 A Visit to Ten Spaces in the Florentine Ghetto

Gabriele Mancuso – MAP



November 3

Amazing Grace: Caravaggio’s Later Paintings

John T. Spike



November 10

*Hosted by the Grolier Club*

Cosimo I de’ Medici: Bibliophile and Grand Duke

Alessio Assonitis – MAP



November 17, 4:30 pm EST  

 Strange Weapons, Strange Users:

Ten Highlights from the Medici ‘Armory’

Maurizio Arfaioli – MAP



November 24   

 Catherine de’ Medici:

Ten Revealing Letters about an Accidental Queen

Sheila ffolliott – MAP




Upcoming Talks



December 1, 12:00 pm EST  *note the time

*Hosted by GemX*

Tales of Potable Gold, Pregnancy Stones, and Other “Pearls” from the Medici Archives

Sheila Barker – MAP 


December 8, 5:30 pm EST 

*co-Organized with the Frick Collection*

Casting the Medici:

Ten Famous Medici in the Scher Collection of Commemorative Medals

Aimee Ng – The Frick Collection

Alessio Assonitis – MAP


December 15,  3:30 pm EST 

The World (According to Early Modern News Reports)

Brendan Dooley – MAP


December 22, 5:30 pm EST 

What the Medici Ate:

Ten Menu Suggestions for the Holidays

Alessio Assonitis – MAP


December 29, 5:30 pm EST  

How to Drink Like a Medici:

Wines, Waters, Jeweled Juleps, 

and a Physician at the Table

Sheila Barker – MAP


January 5, 12:00 pm EST  

Magnificent to Behold:

Ten Great Moments in Pucci Patronage

Carla D’Arista – MAP Series Author


January 12, 6:00 pm EST 

  *Hosted by the Grolier Club*

Cristofano Bronzini on Women’s Dignity and Nobility:

a Monument of 17th-Century Feminism 

Sheila Barker – MAP


January 19, 12:00 pm EST

“That she bewitched my son…”

Poland’s Early Modern Witch-Trials

Łukasz Hajdrych – Adam Mickiewicz University


February 2, 12:00 pm EST

Ten Treasures from the Basilica of Santo Spirito in Florence

Antonia Fondaras – MAP


February 9, 12:00 pm EST

Louis XIV and the Power of Women

Philip Mansel


February 16, 12:00 pm EST

Ten Surprising Recent Discoveries

About Artemisia Gentileschi

Sheila Barker – MAP


February 23, 12:00 pm EST

Early Modern Visions of Persia:

Ten Objects in Italian Collections

Negar Rokhgar – Pratt Institute


March 2, 12:00 pm EST

Ten Famous (and not-so-famous) Jews

in the Medici Archive

Gabriele Mancuso – MAP


March 9, 12:00 pm EST

Ten Images from the Last Will and

Testament of Luca Riva, A Deaf Artist in

Spanish Milan

Jesse Locker – Portland State University


March 16, 12:00 pm EST

Maladetta Fossa!

The Life of the River Arno in Ten Documents

Alessio Assonitis – MAP