Francesco Freddolini

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Francesco Freddolini

Francesco Freddolini
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Francesco Freddolini teaches courses in Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as in the history of collecting and display. His fields of specialty are the history of sculpture, the history of collecting and displaying art, and the relations between art, rituals and identity in court societies. His first book, exploring the material and economic history of the early eighteenth-century sculptor Giovanni, was published in 2010. His second book, investigating the entire career of Giovanni Baratta and including a catalogue of his works has been published in 2013. Dr. Freddolini has received fellowships from various international institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, the University of Florence, Italy. In 2007, he was awarded the Francis Haskell Memorial Grant and from 2010 to 2012, he was Roman Palaces Fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California, where he collaborated on a research project entitled “Display of Art in Roman Palaces, c. 1550-1750,” involving scholars from North America and Europe. The book Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750, edited by Gail Feigenbaum with Francesco Freddolini and published by the Getty Research Institute in 2014, is the result of that project. Dr. Freddolini is currently pursuing a project on patronage, images and identity at the Medici court, supported by a 2013 Luther College President Research Fund and by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2013-2015). Francesco is currently co-editing two volumes. The first (with Cinzia M. Sicca, University of Pisa) is a book entitled Narratives of the Florentine Interior. Courtly Environments in Early Modern Tuscany, and the second one (with Marco Musillo, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) is entitled The Medici and the Global World. Art, Mobility, and Exchange in Early Modern Tuscany.

Dr. Freddolini grew up in Italy, is married, and has a son. He and his wife, Annalisa, love to cook together, spend time outdoors, and especially travel. He lectures regularly for the community in Regina, Saskatchewan and has collaborated with the Regina Food Bank.


Courses Taught

ARTH 100 - Introduction to Art History
ARTH 212 - Art and Identity in the Renaissance
ARTH 213 - Seventeenth-Century Art and Architecture
ARTH 290AD - Encounters: Material and Artistic Exchanges across Cultures
ARTH 290AH - Rome and Florence: The Cities of the Renaissance (Study Abroad Course)
ARTH 302 - Collecting in Context
ARTH 313 - Visual Culture of the 16th and 17th Centuries
ARTH 490AI - Displaying Art in Public Institutions


Recent Grants and Awards

  • 2013-2015 SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Patronage, Images and Courtiers’ Identity in Florence, c. 1587-1609
  • 2010-2012 The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, Postdoctoral Fellowship


Current Research and Community Work

  • Display of art in the early modern period
  • Sculpture, its market and material histories
  • Relics, reliquaries and sacred rituals in the early modern period
  • Public lectures at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (2013), Regina, Saskatchewan, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina (2013 and 2014), Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (2014), Italian Cultural Institute, Consulate General of Italy, Vancouver, British Columbia (2014)


Selected Recent Academic Publications


Gail Feigenbaum with Francesco Freddolini, eds, Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750 (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2014) ISBN: 978-16-0606-298-2

Giovanni Baratta, 1670-1747. Scultura e Industria del Marmo tra la Toscana e le Corti d’Europa [Giovanni Baratta, 1670-1747. Sculpture and the Industry of Marble between Tuscany and the European Courts] (Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2013) ISBN:978-88-8265-925-7

Giovanni Baratta e lo Studio del Baluardo. Scultura, Mercato del Marmo e Ascesa Sociale tra Sei e Settecento [Giovanni Baratta and the Baluardo Workshop. Sculpture, Marble Market and Social Ascent between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century] (Pisa: Edizioni PLUS-Pisa University Press, 2010) ISBN: 978-88-8492-721-7

Articles and Book Chapters

“’La Belle Liaison de La Sculpture’: Sculpture and the Decorative Fabric of Architecture,” in Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750, ed. Gail Feigenbaum with Francesco Freddolini (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2014), 191-202

(with Anne-Lise Desmas) “Sculpture in the Palace: Narratives of Comparison, Legacy and Unity,” in Display of Art in the Roman Palace, 1550-1750, ed. Gail Feigenbaum with Francesco Freddolini (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2014), 267-282

“Allestimenti e strategie narrative: collezioni e descrizioni a Firenze e Roma tra Cinque e Seicento [Display and Strategic Narratives: Collections and Descriptions in Florence and Rome between Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century],” in Inventari e Cataloghi: Collezionismo e Stili di Vita negli Stati Italiani di Antico Regime, ed. Cinzia M. Sicca (Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2014), 45-62

“Un nuovo modello di artista di corte: forme della contrattazione tra Giovanni Baratta e i Savoia [A New Model of Court Artist: Patterns of Negotiation between Giovanni Baratta and the Savoy Dynasty],” Ricerche di Storia dell’Arte, 101 (2010): 41-51 [appeared in 2011]

“Giovanni Baratta e i cantieri architettonici: decorazione e industria del marmo tra la Toscana e l’Europa [Giovanni Baratta and Architecture: Decoration and the Industry of Marble between Tuscany and Europe],” in Architetti e Costruttori del Barocco in Toscana [Architects and Builders of Tuscan Baroque], ed. Mario Bevilacqua (Rome: De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2010), pp. 216-247

“Tracce del sacro e sacralità del potere: reliquie, paramenti e corone nei disegni di John Talman [Traces of Holiness and Holiness of Power: Relics, Vestments, and Crowns in John Talman’s Drawings],” in Souvenir d’Italie. Il viaggio in Italia nelle memorie scritte e figurative tra il XVI secolo e l’età contemporanea [Souvenir d’Italie. Visual and Written Memories of Travels to Italy from the Sixteenth Century to the Present], eds. M. Migliorini, G. Savio (Genoa: De Ferrari, 2008), pp. 305-319

“Scultori e mecenati a Livorno nel primo Settecento: liturgia, spazi del sacro e spazi della corte [Sculptors and Patrons in Early-Eighteenth-Century Leghorn: Liturgy, Sacred Spaces and Courtly Spaces],” in Livorno 1606-1806. Luogo d’incontro tra popoli e culture [Leghorn 1606-1806. A Place of Encounters between Peoples and Cultures], ed. Adriano Prosperi (Turin: Allemandi, 2009), pp. 243-255

“John Talman in Florence: The Court, the Courtiers and the Artists,” in John Talman. An Early-Eighteenth-Century Connoisseur, ed. Cinzia M. Sicca (New Haven & London: Yale Center for British Art, 2008), pp. 127-157

“Effigi d’insigne e singolare virtù. I monumenti dei professori tra Sei e Settecento [Effigies of Distinguished and Rare Virtue. The Monuments of the Professors between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century],” in Scultura a Pisa nell’età moderna. Le sepolture dei docenti dello Studio  [Sculpture in Early Modern Pisa. The Funerary Monuments of the Professors of the University], ed. Cinzia M. Sicca (Pisa: Edizioni Plus-Pisa University Press, 2007), pp. 91-108

“Two Holy-Water Stoups by Giovan Francesco Susini and the Lost Paolsanti Tomb in SS. Annunziata, Florence,” The Burlington Magazine, 147, no. 1233 (Dec. 2005): 817-821


Selected Recent Papers

“Denmark and the International Mobility of Italian Sculpture, c. 1709-1725.” Presented at the conference: Sculptural Mobilites. Tracing the flows of sculptural artworks between the Nordic Countries and Europe from the early modern period to the present day, University College, London, July 2-3, 2013.

“La guida e la collezione: allestimento e strategie della narrazione nelle Bellezze della Città di Firenze,” Presented at the conference: Inventari e cataloghi: collezionismo e stili di vita negli stati italiani di antico regime, organized by Prof. Cinzia M. Sicca, University of Pisa, May 23-24, 2013.

“Training, Collaboration and Independence: The Beginning Years of Early Modern Florentine Sculptors,” presented at The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 4-6, 2013. Session: Between Apprentice and Master, organized by Gail Feigenbaum, The Getty Research Institute, and Anne Wollett, The J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

“Fashioning Family Identities at the Medici Court. Patronage and Display in the Riccardi Palaces, c. 1586-1685,” Presented at the University of Regina, Faculty of Fine Arts, Fine Arts Presentation Series, September 19, 2012.

“The Lure of Sculpture, the Role of Touch and the Paragone in Sixteenth-Century Portraits,” Presented at The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, March 22-24, 2012. Session: The Appeal of Sculpture in Renaissance Italy, organized by Joaneath Spicer.

“Function, Ritual and Sculpture: Holy-Water Stoups in Early Modern Tuscany,” Presented at the College Art Association 100th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 22-25, 2012. Conference Session: Form and Function: Art or Design?, organized and chaired by Antonia Boström.


Selected Conference Sessions

College Art Association, 101st Annual Conference, New York City, USA, 13-16 February 2013. Session entitled: "Material and Narrative Histories: Rethinking the Approach to Inventories and Catalogues," co-chaired with Anne Helmreich, The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles.

Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference, Montreal, 1-3 November 2012. Session entitled "New Light on the Workshop: Display, Self-fashioning, and Self-promotion in the Early Modern Period," co-chaired with Cinzia M. Sicca Bursill-Hall, University of Pisa, Italy.