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Exotic animals in the art and culture of the Medici court in Florence by Angelica Groom.

Author/Creator:
Groom, Angelica, author.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (360 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series:
Rulers & Elites 16.
Rulers & elites : comparative studies in governance, 2211-4610 ; volume 16
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Subjects:
Wild animal collecting -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Animals and civilization -- Italy -- Florence.
Animals -- Symbolic aspects -- History -- Italy -- Florence.
Medici, House of.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
The book examines the roles that 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 serraglio in early modern Europe.
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Contents
Introduction and Global Perspective of Animal Collecting and Menageries
Cultural Uses of Animals at the Medici Court
Zoological Collecting: Practices of Exchange and Processes of Procurement
Menageries and Aviaries in Medicean Florence
The Sport of the Chase: "Exotic Hunts"
Spectacles of Slaughter and Courtly Pageants: Exotic Beasts as Symbols of Power and Colonial Ambitions
Exotic Animals in the Art of the Medici Court
Animal Imagery in the Service of Political Imaging
Medici Patronage and Early Modern Naturalism: Tensions between Scientific and Decorative Naturalism
The Ambrogiana Series of Animal Paintings
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:
90-04-37113-3
Publisher Number:
10.1163/9789004371132 DOI