Lectures London
Matthew Clark

School of Advanced Study: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB Henk van Veen (University of Groningen): 'The messy reality of Cosimo I's commissioning of art: Baccio Bandinelli and the Neptune Fountain in Piazza della Signoria, Florence' This fascinating case shows that in his art patronage Cosimo could be met with tough resistance on the part of the artists he commissioned works from, who were not always willing to just give up their own agenda and goals when faced with the orders of a ruler whom modern scholarship all too often portrays as autocratic.