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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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Contributors Each of the contributors to this Festschrift was a dissertation advisee of Dr. Edward J. Olszewski. Contributing Editors Jennifer Finkel – Dr. Finkel earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2005. Her dissertation is titled: “Michelangelo at San Lorenzo: The Tragedy of the Façade.” She is currently a curator of the Cleveland Clinic Art collection in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael D. Morford – Dr. Morford earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2009. His dissertation is titled: "Carving for a future: Baccio Bandinelli Securing Medici Patronage through His Mutually Fulfill- ing Propagandistic Hercules and Cacus." He is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the City University of New York – Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, New York. Dena M. Woodall – Dr. Woodall earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Re- serve University in 2008. Her dissertation is titled: "Sharing Space: Double Portraiture in Sixteenth-Century Italy." She is currently the Associate Curator of Prints & Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Contributors Christine Corretti – Dr. Corretti earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Re- serve University in 2011. Her dissertation is titled: "Benvenuto Cellini and the Loggia dei Lanzi: Configurations of the Body of State." She is currently an independent scholar and writer of fiction. Karen Edwards – Dr. Edwards earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. Her dissertation is titled: “Rethinking the Reinstallation of the Studiolo of Francesco I de' Medici in the Palazzo Vecchio.” She is cur- rently adjunct faculty...

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