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Cultural Politics In Early Modern Tuscany

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Van Veen's detailed and nuanced analysis reveals how both republican and imperial images were employed in a conscious and highly sophisticated manner. As yet it remains unclear to what extent these dual influences shaped cultural politics after Cosimo's death but it is possible that they survived into the seventeenth century. Van Veen suggests that Cosimo's new policy shaped his visual representation between 1559 and 1569, when he was made grand duke of Tuscany. Turning to the Accademia fiorentina, Van Veen argues that between 1559 and 1569 it focused on the language and history of Florence, rejecting the emphasis on Tuscany which had characterised the earlier period. Van Veen also shows how Cosimo's funerary orators and his early Biographers portrayed him as a republican prince. Van Veen has made a significant contribution to our understanding of Cosimo's cultural politics, particularly in his emphasis on the use of traditional republican forms.

Keywords: Accademia fiorentina; Cosimo; cultural politics; Florence; Tuscany; Van Veen



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