The Medici Wedding of 1589

Florentine Festival as Theatrum Mundi
Author(s): 
Saslow, James M.
ISBN: 
0300064470
Date published: 
January 1996
Paperback
Price: 
£35.00
Pages: 
352

The marriage in 1589 of Grand Duke Ferdinando de' Medici and the French princess Christine of Lorraine was a landmark event in Renaissance art and architecture, theatre, music and political ceremonial. Celebrated by a month of elaborate pageantry that required a full year of preparations, the wedding mobilised the combined artistic, intellectual and administrative forces of Tuscany at the zenith of its wealth, power and cultural prestige. This book combines art and social history to present the first comprehensive reconstruction of the Medici wedding and in the process provides a fascinating narrative of Florentine culture during the Renaissance.