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


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. 

Roughly every Tuesday at 5:30 pm EDT, 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


The first four Tuesday Ten Talks are free and open to all:


September 22, 5:30 pm EDT  

The Life of Cosimo I de’ Medici in Ten Documents

Alessio Assonitis – MAP

Join us on Zoom


September 29, 5:30 pm EDT   

Did Flowers Have a Renaissance?

Ten Insights into Early Modern Botany and Gardening

Sheila Barker – MAP


October 6, 5:30 pm EDT 

Ten Steps to Recovering Lost Music of the Medici

Mark Spyropoulos – MAP


October 13, 5:30 pm EDT  

 Ten Astonishing Documents in the Medici Archives:

Fake News, Incredible Events, Mind-Blowing Marvels

Alessio Assonitis – MAP




October 20, 5:30 pm EDT  

 Galileo and the Medici in a Constellation of Ten Documents

Sheila Barker – MAP 


October 27, 5:30 pm EDT  

 A Visit to Ten Spaces in the Florentine Ghetto

Gabriele Mancuso – MAP 


No Talk is scheduled for November 3


November 10, 5:30 pm EST  

*Hosted by the Grolier Club*

Cosimo I de’ Medici: Bibliophile and Grand Duke

Alessio Assonitis – MAP


November 17, 5:30 pm EST  

 The Ten Most Dreaded Weapons of the Renaissance

Maurizio Arfaioli – MAP 


November 24, 5:30 pm EST   

 Catherine de’ Medici: Ten Revealing Letters about an Accidental Queen

Sheila ffolliott – MAP 


December 1, 12:00 pm EST 

*Hosted by GemX*

The Medici and Their Jewels: A Many-Faceted Passion

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