Art Gallery of Alberta

The Of Heaven and Earth Lecture

Displaying art and Fashioning Identities in the Early Modern Period: The Riccardi Collection in 17th-Century Florence
with Francesco Freddolini

Saturday, January 25, 2 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$15 / $8 AGA Members / Free Ultra, Curator’s Circle Members & Artist Patrons
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The early modern paintings and sculptures that we now revere in public museums originally existed in radically different contexts and were usually displayed in churches or palaces. If we focus our attention on the display in early modern private palaces, we can investigate how artworks contributed to articulate consistent messages about the collectors and their position within the network of social relations. Professor Freddolini will explore the Riccardi family in Florence, Italy, and their display at the beginning of the seventeenth century. A family of mercantile origin, the Riccardi climbed the ladder of society and became courtiers and aristocrats in late Renaissance Florence. He will argue how the Riccardi collection of paintings and sculptures—full of masterpieces and including an unprecedented gallery of portraits of the Medici family—contributed to fashion the Riccardi as prominent courtiers, as well as active players within the context of European diplomacy.

Francesco Freddolini is Assistant Professor of Art History at Luther College, University of Regina. His research focuses on early modern sculpture in Italy, as well as on the history of collecting and displaying art. He has received fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, the Huntinton Library, San Marino, CA, and the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. His recent publications include the book Giovanni Baratta, 1670-1747.Scultura e Industria del Marmo tra la Toscana e le Corti d’Europa (2013). Freddolini’s current research project, entitled “Patronage, Images and Courtiers’ Identity in Florence, c. 1587-1609” is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (2013-2015).

All ticket prices include exhibition and lecture admission.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with Of Heaven & Earth.