Exotic animals in the art and culture of the Medici court in Florence /

"The book examines the role rare and exotic animals played in the cultural self-fashioning and the political imaging of the Medici court during the family's reign first as Dukes of Florence (1532-1569) and subsequently as Grand Dukes of Tuscany (1569-1737). The book opens with an examinati...

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Author / Creator:Groom, Angelica, author.
Imprint:Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
Description:xix, 340 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 25 cm.
Language:English
Series:Rulers & elites : comparative studies in governance ; volume 16
Rulers & elites ; v. 16.
Subject:Medici, House of.
Medici, House of.
Wild animal collecting -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Animals and civilization -- Italy -- Florence.
Animals -- Symbolic aspects -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Animals and civilization.
Animals -- Symbolic aspects.
Wild animal collecting.
Italy -- Florence.
History.
Format: E-Resource Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11784564
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ISBN:9789004368989
9004368981
9789004371132
9004371133
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-321) and index.
Summary:"The book examines the role rare and exotic animals played in the cultural self-fashioning and the political imaging of the Medici court during the family's reign first as Dukes of Florence (1532-1569) and subsequently as Grand Dukes of Tuscany (1569-1737). The book opens with an examination of global practices in zoological collecting, and cultural uses of animals. The Medici's activities as collectors of exotic species, the menageries they established and their deployment of animals in the ceremonial life of the court and in their art are examined in relation to this wider global perspective. The book seeks to nuance the myth promoted by the Medici themselves that theirs was the most successful princely seraglio in early modern Europe"--
Other form:Online version: Groom, Angelica, author. Exotic animals in the art and culture of the Medici court in Florence Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018] 9789004371132