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Renaissance Studies

A «Festschrift» in Honor of Professor Edward J. Olszewski

Edited By Jennifer H. Finkel, Michael D. Morford and Dena M. Woodall

This Festschrift is dedicated to Edward J. Olszewski and was created by his former PhD students in gratitude and honor of a professor whose innovative and comprehensive research spans the Renaissance and Baroque periods. His research provided much insight to the arts, issues of patronage, conservation, and context. The text includes an array of topics conceived by each author while studying with Olszewski. His intense seminar on Michelangelo was the catalyst for many articles: Jennifer 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 drawings and paintings; and Rachel Geshwind offers a new interpretation of his use of color symbolism in the Sistine Chapel. This seminar, and another on Mannerism, involved provocative discussion of the competitors of Michelangelo, where the foundation was laid for the much needed re-examination of Baccio Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus in Michael Morford’s article, which introduces the probability of Machiavellian influence, and Christine Corretti’s interpretation of Cellini’s Perseus and Medusa as the symbol of Cosimo’s I ideas of justice and the influence of women in his life. Olszewski’s own research on patronage, especially of the Ottoboni, mirrors Henrietta Silberger’s article on the collecting habits of Livio Odescalchi. Finally, Holley Witchey provides a personal experience in authenticating works of art in collections (a topic of interest for Olszewski) and ends her essay with a series of important questions for each of us to ask ourselves.

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Introduction .....................................................................................................1 JENNIFER FINKEL, MICHAEL D. MORFORD, & DENA M. WOODALL Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: The Sculptural Program for the Façade .......................................................................................................7 JENNIFER FINKEL Ahead of the Curve: Michelangelo and the Invention of the Figura Serpentinata ..............................................................................49 KAREN EDWARDS Looking at the Overlooked: Michelangelo’s Genii on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling ...................................................................................61 DENA M. WOODALL The Colors of Seduction: New Thoughts on Color Symbolism in Michelangelo’s Temptation and Expulsion from Paradise ..................89 RACHEL GESCHWIND Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus: A Machiavellian Display for the Medici ..............................................................................................105 MICHAEL D. MORFORD Cellini’s Perseus and Medusa: The Public Face of Justice in Medicean Florence.................................................................................123 CHRISTINE CORRETTI The Odescalchi Collection: A Reexamination of Livio Odescalchi as a Collector and Patron ........................................................147 HENRIETTA SILBERGER Contents vi Unvarnished Reflections: Giorgione’s Portrait of a Man (Terris Portrait) in the San Diego Museum of Art, the Quest for Cultural Authority, and the Ethics of Authenticity in American Museums.....................................................................................165 HOLLY WITCHEY Works Consulted ..........................................................................................189 Contributors .................................................................................................215 Index .............................................................................................................217

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