Het NIKI-webinar van deze donderdag, 1 juli, zal worden gegeven door Gloria Moorman. Zij spreekt over nieuw onderzoek naar de doelen en gevolgen van de reizen van Cosimo III de’ Medici (1642-1723) naar de Nederlanden. De lezing zal in het Engels zijn.

Aanvang: 18:00 uur.

Het webinar vindt plaats via Zoom. Deelname is gratis. Registratie is noodzakelijk om een persoonlijke link te ontvangen om in te kunnen loggen. Registreer hier.


The Marvels of the “Magazzino del Mondo”: Cosimo III, the Dutch Republic, and Granducal Aspirations for Seventeenth-Century Tuscany
The well-prepared sojourns of Prince Cosimo III de’ Medici (1642-1723) in the Dutch Republic (1667–69) were motivated not merely by Cosimo’s wish to escape Florence’s courtly context. Rather, the future Grand Duke was intrigued by the enticingly modern strain of republicanism that accompanied Dutch commercial and cultural prosperity and that, eventually, was to prove a forceful means to reimagine Tuscany’s own, administrative past and present.
Through comparative analysis of the unpublished travel journal of Medici secretary Apollonio Bassetti and the diary in rhyme by court physician Giovanni Andrea Moniglia, Gloria Moorman will argue that Cosimo III’s ambitious agenda abroad stems predominantly from his desire to implement reform at home. Cosimo’s journeys were followed by ongoing transnational exchange, as testified by the cultivation of pineapple plants and unwavering efforts to turn Livorno into the Amsterdam of the Mediterranean. By importing ideas and artefacts, then, Cosimo III sought to bring Granducal Tuscany back to its former splendour.


Gloria Moorman is postdoctoral researcher within the ERC project RISK – Republics on the Stage of Kings at the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies of the University of Padua. She investigates seventeenth-century print production in Venice and the Dutch Republic, with a special emphasis on the political potential of illustrated compendia. Gloria studied Italian (BA, 2012) and Book History (MA, 2014) at the University of Leiden, followed by a PhD in Renaissance Studies at the University of Warwick (2019). In her doctoral dissertation (supported by NIKI Fellowships during the fall of 2016-17 and 2017-18), she provides the first, full publication history of Joan Blaeu’s Theatrum Italiae (Amsterdam, 1663-1682), unfolding the work’s significance to its audience, publishers, and the Italian patrons who lent essential creative and financial support in exchange for the favourable portrayal of their territories.