Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Despite intense socio-political upheaval, portraiture flourished in Florence of the 1530s-1540s. These works remain understudied, and are primarily examined in isolation from their broader context. This study evaluates a series of case studies to determine novel approaches to formulating identity through portraiture during the chaotic second quarter of the sixteenth century in Florence. Positioning the sitter as part of a collective, the artists and their patrons use assertions of civic identity to transcend a sense of otherness as they forge new identities and define new positions. Situated in the transition from republic to duchy, this project offers new insights into portraits by the foremost contemporaneous artists while outlining ways the genre reflected evolving concepts of civic identity. This focused study deepens our understanding of sixteenth-century portraiture and the nature of self-presentation and civic identity. It further offers a framework for considering portraiture and expressions of identity in times of turmoil.
Chair and Committee
William E. Wallace
Daniel Bornstein, Roger Crum, John Klein, Nathaniel Jones,
Kaplan, Stephanie Ariela, "Fashioning Florence: Portraiture and Civic Identity in the Mid-Sixteenth Century" (2018). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1545.