The Medici's Painter

Carlo Dolci and Seventeenth-Century Florence

Edited by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer with Francesca Baldessari

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Carlo Dolci (1616–1687), arguably the greatest painter in 17th-century Florence, was admired and patronized by the city’s leading families. Best known for his half-length and single-figure devotional pictures, Dolci was also a gifted painter of altarpieces and portraits.
Written by a team of distinguished scholars, The Medici's Painter offers new archival discoveries and insights and features cross-disciplinary approaches to Dolci’s life and art and the cultural and political contexts in which he worked. The volume sheds new light on Dolci’s significant and impressive body of work. The painter understood the power of his paintings to inspire contemporaries, and his works continue to compel individuals to look closely and feel deeply about art. 

Eve Straussman-Pflanzer is head of the European Art Department and Elizabeth and Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings, Detroit Institute of Arts.


Davis Museum, Wellesley College

Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University

ISBN: 9780300226881
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Davis Museum at Wellesley College
136 pages, 8 1/2 x 10
90 color illus.
Devotion by Design

Italian Altarpieces before 1500

Scott Nethersole

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Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500-1800

Edited by Eve Straussman-Pflanzer and Oliver Tostmann; With

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