A «Festschrift» in Honor of Professor Edward J. Olszewski
Edited By Jennifer H. Finkel, Michael D. Morford and Dena M. Woodall
:NealArthur.qxd 9/11/2013 1:00 PM Page 1 www.peterlang.com Renaissance Studies P E T E R L A N G Renaissance Studies FIN K EL, M O R FO R D , & W O O D A LL, ED S. This Festschrift is dedicated to Edward J. Olszewski by his former Ph.D. students in grati- tude and honor of a professor whose innovative and comprehensive art historical investiga- tions span the Renaissance and Baroque periods. His research provided much insight to the arts, issues of patronage, conservation, and context. This book includes an array of topics con- ceived by each author while studying with Dr. Olszewski. Jennifer H. Finkel introduces new ideas regarding the proposed sculptural plan for the façade of San Lorenzo; Dena M. Woodall provides keen insight on the representations of genii on the Sistine ceiling; Karen Edwards proposes the early creation of the figura serpentinata in Michelangelo’s own draw- ings and paintings; and Rachel Geshwind offers a new interpretation of his use of color sym- bolism in the Sistine Chapel. Michael D. Morford’s essay introduces Machiavellian influence in Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus and Christine Corretti interprets Cellini’s Perseus and Medusa as the symbol of Cosimo de’ Medici’s ideas of justice and the influence of women in his life. Olszewski’s own research on patronage mirrors Henrietta Silberger’s article on the collecting habits of Livio Odescalchi. Finally, Holly Witchey provides a personal expe- rience in authenticating works of art in museum collections (a topic of interest for Dr. Olszewski)...
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