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


What’s in store:

Tuesday Ten Talks for 2021–2022


September 21:  Rosamond Mack

Verrocchio’s Art of Dressing: Sculpture Traditions Updated 


September 28:  Ross King

The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance



September 30: Özden Mercan

From Constantinople to Livorno: Merchants, Migration, and Transfer of Technologies

An hors-série lecture co-organized with the Levantine Heritage Foundation



October 5:  Lorraine Karafel 

Tapestries for a Medici Pope: Raphael’s Grotesques for Leo X


October 12: Jennifer Sliwka

A Florentine Vision of Paradise: Recontextualizing Francesco Botticini’s Assumption at the National Gallery

THURSDAY October 21: Natalie Tomas

A Life in Letters: Maria Salviati de’ Medici as Wife, Widowed Mother and Lady Dowager

October 26: Simone Testa

In the Name of Effective Truth: The Strange Case of the Thesoro politico (1589)


November 2: Carol M. Richardson


November 9: Rebekah Compton

Art for Hermits: Medici Devotion and the Camaldolese Order

November 16: C. Jean Campbell

Buried Secrets and Florentine Source Texts from Lorenzo Ghiberti to Giorgio Vasari

November 23: Michelle O’Malley

Botticelli and Workshop Management in the Renaissance

November 30: Anthony Russell

The Rewards of Virtù and the Religion of Art in Vasari’s Lives: The Case of Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

December 7  8:30 am EST:  Kirstin Noreen

The Sancta Sanctorum in Rome and the Reframing of the Middle Ages in the Renaissance

December 14:  Ethan Kavaler

Sex and Death in Renaissance Kassel: The Remarkable Tomb of Philip the Magnanimous

December 21:  Thomas Golsenne

Carlo Crivelli and Mystical Materialism in 15th-Century Italy

December 28:  MAP Staff

Newsworthy Births in Renaissance Italy


January 4: John Henderson

Imagining the Pox in Renaissance Italy


January 11 – Alessio Assonitis

January 18 – Marcello Simonetta

January 25 – Elizabeth Currie

February 1 – William Connell

February 8 – Joseph Eliav

February 15 – David Ekserdijan

March 1- Diego Pirillo

March 8 – Babette Bohn

March 15 – Timothy McCall

March 22 – Alison Brown

April 5 – Valeria Finucci

April 12 – Elizabeth Cleland

April 19 – Robert Simon

April 26 – Rebecca J. Long

May 3 – Janis Bell

May 17 – Joel Schwindt

May 24 – Elizabeth Pilliod

June 7 – Sabine Van Sprang

June 14 – Brian Sandberg 

June 28  – Robin O’Bryan

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Previous Talks

September 22, 2020

The Life of Cosimo I de’ Medici in Ten Documents

Alessio Assonitis – MAP

Watch the recorded talk


September 29

Did Flowers Have a Renaissance?

Ten Insights into Early Modern Botany and Gardening

Sheila Barker – MAP

Watch the recorded talk 


October 6

Ten Steps to Recovering Lost Music of the Medici

Mark Spyropoulos – MAP

Watch the recorded talk


October 13

 Ten Astonishing Documents in the Medici Archives:

Fake News, Incredible Events, Mind-Blowing Marvels

Alessio Assonitis – MAP

Watch the Recorded Talk


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 

 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

Watch the Recorded Talk


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


March 2

Ten Famous (and not-so-famous) Jews

in the Medici Archive

Gabriele Mancuso – MAP


March 9

Ten Images from the Last Will and

Testament of Luca Riva, A Deaf Artist in

Spanish Milan

Jesse Locker – Portland State University


March 16

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

The Memory of the Condottiere: 

Giovanni de’ Medici (a.k.a. ‘Giovanni of the Black Bands’) in

 the Medici Archives

Maurizio Arfaioli – MAP


March 30

The Forgotten Sacred Music of the Medici

Mark Spyropoulos and Vox Medicea – MAP

April 6

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

The Arrival of Renaissance Architecture in the New World

Julia Vicioso – MAP


April 20

Lebanon in Italy, Italy in Lebanon, Part II:

Italian Baroque Paintings in Beirut

Gregory Buchakjian – Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts 


April 27

Medieval and Renaissance Bolognese Professors’ Tombs:

Images of Authority 

David Drogin – FIT State University of New York


May 4

Caput Mundi: The Medici in Rome 

Sheila ffolliott – MAP & George Mason University


May 11

Ten Meditations

on Bronzino’s Portrait of Andrea Doria

(Or, Why It Is Not a Portrayal of Neptune)

Linda Wolk-Simon – The Institute of Fine Arts


May 18

Tolerance and Trade in Livorno, 1600–1750

Corey Tazzara – Scripps College


May 25

A Father and Daughter Speak:

Giulio and Barbara Strozzi’s Opus 1

Beth Glixon – University of Kentucky

June 1

  *Hosted by the Grolier Club*

Niccolò di Lorenzo della Magna and the

Social World of Renaissance Printing

Lorenz Böninger


June 8

The Empire That Wasn’t: The Grand Duchy of Tuscany’s Global Ambitions

Brian Brege – Syracuse University


June 15

The House and Collection of

Giuliano, Antonio and Francesco da Sangallo

Alexander Röstel – Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden


June 22

‘The Immensity of the Universe”:

Giovanna Garzoni in Ten Documents

Sheila Barker – MAP


June 29

Notes from the Director: the Future of the Renaissance

Alessio Assonitis – MAP


August 31

The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570

Carlo Falciani – Accademia delle Belle Arti  


September 7 

Consciousness of the World: A Papal Official in 1590s Lisbon

Kate Lowe – Queen Mary University, London


September 14

Towards a New Geography of Art in Italy, 1400–1600

Stephen J. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University