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Title: Cosimo Bartoli, 1503-1572 : a critical biography
Author: Bryce, J. H.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1977
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The aim of this thesis has been to describe and evaluate Bartoli's varied career, integrating it into the contemporary Florentine cultural and political scene. Part One, the biography, considers in depth Bartoli's role in the founding of the Florentine Academy (1541), his relationship with Vasari and collaboration with him on the redecoration of the ducal palace in Florence and on the Lives of the Artiste, and his diplomatic career as Florentine resident in Venice (1562-72). This last section is based almost entirely on Bartoli's dispatches and other manuscript material preserved in the State Archive in Florence. Part Two considers his literary activities in the light of the Academic aims of the popularization of learning and the development of the vernacular through the work of translating, editing and writing. Bartoli translated works on mathematics, philosophy, biography and architecture by Fine, Boethius, Giovio and Alberti and edited vernacular works by Ficino and Alberti, and by Academicians such as Lenzoni and Giambullari on the Florentine language and Dante and on medieval history. Lastly, Bartoli's own varied output is analysed: a biography of Frederick Barbarossa (1559), a work on mensuration (Del modo di misurare, 1564), lectures on Dante (Ragionamenti accademici, 1567), and forty discourses on history (Discorsi historici, 1569). Despite the impressive breadth of his interests (he was also an amateur architect, art patron, collector, and connoisseur of contemporary music), Bartoli is in no way unique. He repays study as a typical representative of that generation of Florentine intellectuals who lived through the transition from republican to ducal Florence, welcoming the stability offered by the latter, and allowing their energies to be channelled into the official cultural organ of the Academy. Always a Medici partisan, Bartoli himself plays a part in the creation of myths appropriate to the new regime.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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