Infiltrating Artifacts. Florence and Tuscany in their Mediterranean and Global Entanglements

Vera-Simone Schulz

Cushion Cover, 17th century, Kingdom of Kongo. Stockholm, Ethnografiska Museet

Transcultural connectivity, long-distance entanglements and migrations of people, objects, and materials have been central foci in art history in the past decades. This book project, based on a PhD thesis, contributes to these issues by shedding new light on Mediterranean and global processes of transfer with regard to Tuscany and Florence. Going beyond common geographical frameworks of art historical studies concerned with Italy and the Islamic world by bringing also West, Central and East Africa into the discussion, it investigates transmedial and transmaterial dynamics and the impact of imported artifacts on the built environment and visual and material culture in Florence and Tuscany in the medieval and early modern periods and their reception from the 19th century until today.


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