Eseqvie Fatte In Venetia Dalla Natione Fiorentina Al Serenissimo D. Cosimo II Qvarto Gran Dvca Di Toscana Il...

Eseqvie fatte in Venetia dalla natione fiorentina al serenissimo D. Cosimo II qvarto gran dvca di Toscana il di 25 di maggio 1621.
Imprint: In Venetia : Appresso il Ciotti, 1621.
Physical Description: 24 leaves : ill., plan, port. ; 30 cm. (fol.)

Acquired through the Andrew B. Hammond Endowed Book Fund

Colophon: In Venetia, M. DC. XXI. Nella Stamperia di Gio: Battista Ciotti.
Signatures: A-M².
Leaves 2-18 have text on rectos and illustrations on versos, including portrait of Cosimo II (leaf 2) and plan of his catafalque (leaf 3).
"Oratione de Givlio Strozzi recitata da lvi in Venetia nell'esequie del sereniss. D. Cosimo II": leaves [21]-24 has special engraved t.p. (leaf [21]).
Engraved t.p. with title within architectural border; head-pieces; initials; printer's device in colophon.

This is the only edition of this work recording the elaborate funeral celebrations to honor the death of Cosimo II de' Medici (1590-1621) which were commissioned by the Florentine community in Venice and held at the church of Saints John and Paul. Cosimo II de’ Medici was the son of Ferdinando de’ Medici and was married to Maria Maddelena of Austria. He was Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1609 until his death in 1621, and was particularly interested in the sciences. He was Galileo’s friend and protector. The celebration was organized by Giulio Strozzi, of the important Florentine family who had been the Medici’s chief rivals in the 15th century, but later reconciled and even intermarried with them.

This book includes detailed full-page etchings showing the decorations, inscriptions, and temporary structures designed for this event by the Ravenna architect and painter Matteo Ingoli, as well as a plan of the church and views of the church interior filled with mourners. Of particular interest are etchings of eight allegorical scenes from Cosimo II’s life. The printed text describes in detail the symbolism of every aspect of the funeral celebration, and the work concludes with an encomium by Strozzi.

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