The personal and family history of Giovanni di Agnolo Niccolini (1544-1611) in many ways recounts the modifications affecting the Florentine patriciate in the second half of the sixteenth century. The aristocratisation of the patriciate, which carried within peculiar mercantile and banking origins, found its first legitimacy in the exercise of public offices, and was connected to longevity and participation of lineages in the leading roles of administration, diplomacy and politics. Furthermore, from the fifteenth century onwards this aristocratic identity began to be stated also by means of cultural and artistic patronage to the point that the patriciate became the culturally leading class in Medicean Florence, as ‘city of art’ that the dominant family, together with the elite, was promoting to legitimate and exalt its power and pre-eminence both within and beyond the city. These features are analysed along the life of Giovanni Niccolini thanks to the extensive historical sources preserved in Niccolini’s family archive. His career fully displayed – before his role as resident ‘ambassador’ to the Holy See (1587-1611) – a well-planned path under the Medici’s rule towards a dimension of the ‘perfect’ Florentine gentleman: rich, with prominent kinships, in the favour of the sovereign, loving art and artistic patronage with a key role in justify the social rise and the historical identity of his lineage.
|Titolo:||The career and artistic patronage of a Florentine patrician: Giovanni di Agnolo Niccolini (1544-1611)|
ZAGLI, ANDREA (Corresponding)
|Citazione:||Zagli, A. (2019). The career and artistic patronage of a Florentine patrician: Giovanni di Agnolo Niccolini (1544-1611). RICERCHE STORICHE, 49(3), 49-74.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|