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


December 1

*Hosted by GemX*

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

Sheila Barker – MAP


December 8

*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

The World (According to Early Modern News Reports)

Brendan Dooley – MAP


December 22

What the Medici Ate:

Ten Menu Suggestions for the Holidays

Alessio Assonitis and MAP Staff

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January 5, 2021 

Botticelli and the Pucci-Bini Wedding of 1484

in Ten Documents

Carla D’Arista – MAP Series Author


January 12 

  *Hosted by the Grolier Club*

Cristofano Bronzini on Women’s Dignity and Nobility:

a Monument of 17th-Century Feminism 

Sheila Barker – MAP


January 19

“That she bewitched my son…”

Poland’s Early Modern Witch-Trials

Łukasz Hajdrych – Adam Mickiewicz University


January 26

The Life of a Jewish Artist in the Renaissance

Tamar Herzig – Tel Aviv University


February 2

Piero di Cosimo’s Santo Spirito 
Visitation Altarpiece in 10 Questions 

Antonia Fondaras – MAP


February 9

Louis XIV and the Power of Women

Philip Mansel


February 16

Ten Surprising Recent Discoveries

About Artemisia Gentileschi

Sheila Barker – MAP


February 23

Early Modern Visions of Persia:

Ten Objects in Italian Collections

Negar Rokhgar – Pratt Institute





Upcoming Talks


March 2, 12:00 pm EST

Ten Famous (and not-so-famous) Jews

in the Medici Archive

Gabriele Mancuso – MAP


March 9, 1:00 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, 12:15 pm EST

Co-Organized by the Edinburgh Early Modern Network

Plague, Art, and Empathy in an Age of Individualism: Raphael’s ‘Pathosformel’

Sheila Barker – MAP


March 23, 12:00 pm EST  

Ten Entrenched Myths about the Medici

Alessio Assonitis – MAP


March 30, 12:00 pm EST

*Special Event*


April 6, 12:00 pm EST

Lebanon in Italy, Italy in Lebanon, Part I:

The 1613-1615 Stay of Prince Fakhr-el-Din (‘Fakhreddine’) at the Medici Court

Carole Dagher


April 13, 12:00 pm EST

The Arrival of Renaissance Architecture in the New World

Julia Vicioso – MAP


April 20, 12:00 pm EST

Lebanon in Italy, Italy in Lebanon, Part II:

Italian Baroque Paintings in Beirut

Gregory Buchakjian – Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts 


April 27, 12:00 pm EST

Medieval and Renaissance Bolognese Professors’ Tombs

David Drogin – FIT State University of New York


May 4, 12:00pm EST

Caput Mundi: The Medici in Rome 

Sheila ffolliott – MAP


May 11, 12:00pm EST

Ten Meditations on Bronzino’s Portrait of Andrea Doria

Linda Wolk-Simon – The Institute of Fine Arts


May 18, 12:00 pm EST

Toleration and Trade in Livorno, 1600-1750

Corey Tazzara – Scripps College


May 25, 12:00 pm EST

Barbara Strozzi and her Opus 1:

The Excellent Women of Baroque Music

Beth Glixon – University of Kentucky


June 15, 12:00 pm EST

The Original Context of Botticelli’s Munich Pietà

Alexander Röstel – Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden


June 22, 12:00 pm EST

‘The Immensity of the Universe’:

Giovanna Garzoni in Ten Documents

Sheila Barker – MAP



A Medici Mater Patriae: Maria Salviati in Ten Documents

Natalie Tomas – Monash University