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The Florence Symposium

Faculty and students at the Florence symposium

For more than thirty years, at the conclusion of their last semester of study, students enrolled in the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art present their scholarly research at a public symposium. This event offers them the opportunity to develop and showcase their oral communication skills.

2021

35th Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Bennett Harrison: Baccio Bandinelli’s Drawings of Donatello’s San Lorenzo Bronze Pulpit Reliefs and the Florentine Entry of Leo X
  • Magen Mack: Botticelli’s Trinity with Saints Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist and the Reformed Prostitutes of Santa Elisabetta delle Convertite in Florence
  • Brenna McWhorter: ‘Accedimus Astris’: Giulio Romano’s Camera dei Venti at the Palazzo Te and the Tradition of Astral Magic at the Gonzaga Court
  • Sophia Odile Tew: The Representation of Black Africans in Andrea Mantegna’s Triumphs of Caesar and Peter Paul Rubens’s A Roman Triumph
  • Rachel B. Thompson: Jacopo Zucchi’s Stanza degli Uccelli at Ferdinando I’s Villa Medici in Rome

2020

34th Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Allison Carter: A Clash of Angels and Demons in the Vatican: Vasari’s Chapel of Saint Michael for Pope Pius V
  • Giselle Hobbs: Conceptions of Women: Casserius’s Engravings of the Dissected Gravid Uterus in De formato foetu (c. 1600)
  • Courtney Mengel: Vincenzo Danti’s Beheading of St. John the Baptist and the Continuation of Decapitation Imagery Under Cosimo I de’ Medici
  • Kathryn Siede: Surpassing Antiquity: Giambologna, Giovanni Caccini, and Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici’s Hercules and a Centaur
  • Christine Staton: The Nectanebo Lions on the Fontana dell’Acqua Felice: Egyptian Revival in Rome for Sixtus V
  • Katherine Torrey: The Black Christian Donor in Italian Depictions of the Miracle of the Black Leg (1370-1470)
  • Tara White: Donna con Donna and the Masculine-Feminine Dichotomy: Mythological Images from Sixteenth-Century Fontainebleau and Northern Italy
  • Gwendolyn Zwirko: Garofalo’s Ecclesia Slaying Synagoga: Living Cross Iconography and Judeo-Christian Relations in Cinquecento Ferrara

2019

33rd Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Caitlin Petty: Lodovico Cigoli’s "La bella notomia": The Flayed Figure, Anatomical Pedagogy, and Corporeal Knowledge circa 1600
  • Clio Grace Rom: On Being Planted and Portrayed: Horticulture and Floral Imagery in Seicento Rome through the works of Anna Maria Vaiani
  • Alexandra Wendt: Painting the Hagiography of a Mystic. Giovanni di Paolo’s Saint Catherine of Siena Cycle
  • Nina Danielle Wutrich: Performing Virtue at the Este Court: Ercole de' Roberti's Three Donne illustri

2018

32nd Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Harleen Kaur Bagga: Cartographies of War: Memory and Desire in Giovanni Francesco Camocio's Isole famose (1574)
  • Sharifa Lookman: Testing the Light: Domenico Beccafumi’s Sixteenth-Century Experiments in Tempera
  • Rachael Nutt: Home is Where the Hart Is: Nature, Knowledge, and Tuscan Identity in Bachiacca’s Palazzo Vecchio Scrittoio for Cosimo I de’ Medici
  • Theresa Raniolo: The Porcelain Portrait of Francesco I de' Medici: Medici Porcelain and the Material Legacy of the Second Grand Duke of Tuscany
  • Simona Vani: Nicolò Nelli’s Land of Cockaigne and Moralizing Images of the Glutton’s Paradise in Sixteenth-Century European Prints
  • Britney Walden: Night Terrors: Seventeenth-Century Social Displacement, Stoicism, and Salvator Rosa's London Scene of Witchcraft

2017

31st Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Benjamin Allsopp: “His Blood Shrieks Out”: The Blood of Christ in Fra Angelico’s Frescoes for the Cells of the Novitiates at the Convent of San Marco, Florence
  • Joshua Boulton: A Posthumous Portrait of Raffaello Doni: Reconsidering Francesco Botticini’s The Archangel Raphael and Tobias with a Young Devotee
  • Gia Giambalvo: Science in the Shadows: Giovanna Garzoni’s Botanical Illustrations at the Grand Ducal Medici Court
  • Ana Hernandez: Mantegna’s Adoration of the Magi and the Visual Tradition of the Black African in Quattrocento Italy
  • Dana Hogan: Constructing the Image of a Cardinal-Prince: Child Portraits of Giovanni de’ Medici by Bronzino and Salviati
  • Molly Hull: A Venetian Altarpiece in a Tuscan Setting: Jacopo Tintoretto’s Last Supper in Lucca Cathedral

2016

30th Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Michelle Ayer: The Honeycomb, Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, and the Return of the Golden Age in Vasari's Saturn Receiving the Gifts of the Earth in the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Julie James: Bedding Agostino Chigi: Sodoma's Marriage of Alexander and Roxanne in the Villa Farnesina
  • Emma McNay: Franciscan Tradition and Cross-cultural Exchange in Vasari's Altarpiece Cycle at Santa Croce
  • Kirstin Willders: Dominicans and the Art of Healing in Renaissance Florence: The Maiolica Pharmacy Jars of San Marco

2015

You are what you eat: Nourishing Body and Spirit in Early Modern Tuscany

  • Lauren Cooley: Beyond the Sacred: Montevarchi's Cult of the Madonna of the Milk and Civic Identity
  • Cristina Garza: Edible Abstinence: Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper and the Florentine Refectory Tradition
  • Laura Marsolek: From Cardinal to Grand Master: The Display of Military Power in a Luxury Table Fountain for Ferdinando I de’ Medici
  • Isaac Messina: Red or White? Wine and Morality in Vasari's Last Supper for the Nuns of Le Murate

2014

Behind the Fig Leaf: Erotic Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy

  • Robin Enstrom: Lustful Birds and Reclining Nudes: A Study of Titian's Venus with a Cupid and Partridge
  • Klara Kovarova: Banqueting with the Erotic: Isabella d'Este's Maiolica Service
  • Sally Tucker: "L'Ottimo artista": Cellini's Apollo and Hyacinth and the Sculptural Theory of Benedetto Varchi
  • Molly Verlin: The Stufetta of Clement VII: Bathing with the Divine

2013

Florence in Transition 1512-1532: Republics, Religion, and the Return of the Medici

  • Jean Chapman: Plague and Politics: The Chapel of the Martyrs in San Salvatore di Camaldoli in Florence
  • Charles Cowden: Questions about the New Sacristy: An Ambrosian Influence?
  • Hannah Fritschner: Under the Yoke of Tyranny: The Segni Altarpiece and the Last Republic
  • Lauren Johnson: Pontormo's Baptism of Christ and the 1514 Festa di San Giovanni: A "Youthful" Recontextualization

2012

Looking Good: Constructing Virtuous Identities in Italian Renaissance Art

  • Victoria R. Bartels: The Continence of Cosimo I de' Medici: Male Chastity and the Tapestry of Joseph Fleeing from Potiphar's Wife
  • Adrian N. Marshall: Humble Mind, Humble Flesh: Visualizing Virtue in the Altarpiece of the Blessed Humility of Faenza
  • Carolyn M. Murin: A "Grandeur of Conception": The Column of Justice and the Monumental Virtue of Cosimo I de' Medici
  • Andrew K. Scott: Money Well Spent: The Buonomini Fresco Cycle and Virtuous Spending
  • Vanessa D. Valdes: The New Noble: Virtuous Identity in the Florentine Guildhall of Judges and Notaries

2011

Tall Tails: Representing Animals in Italian Renaissance Art

  • Claire E. Bradley: Giulio Romano's Sala dei Cavalli and the Tradition of Gonzaga Horse Portraiture
  • Meghan L. Dillon: Cave of Curiosities: Art, Nature, and Amusement in the Grotta degli Animali
  • Megan R. Donovan: Natura Viva: The Zoological Illustrations of Jacopo Ligozzi
  • Hannah R. Hartsig: A Renaissance for Giraffes: Lorenzo de' Medici's Giraffe and its Representation in Art
  • Emily T. Ho: How to Paint a Dragon: Paolo Uccello and the Creation of St. George's Foe
  • Suzanne M. Myers: The Sea Monsters of Piazza SS. Annunziata: Pietro Tacca's Fountains and the Zoological Prints of the Late Renaissance

2010

Rooted in the Renaissance: Italian Gardens and their Legacy

  • Margaret A. Contompasis: A Cardinal Entertains: Theatrical Experience in the Aldobrandini Garden at Frascati
  • Sarah J. Dziamba: The Gardens at the Casino di San Marco during the Reign of Francesco I de' Medici
  • Melanie C. Honour: Cultivating Aesop: The Giardino segreto at Palazzo del Te
  • Bryan C. Keene: Agony in the Garden: Locating Christ's Prayer in Italian Renaissance Painting
  • Caitlin E. Sweeney: A Garden of Singular Beauty: The Design of Isabella d'Este's Giardino Segreto
  • Townsend Zeigler: Modern Renaissance Design: Cecil Pinsent's Gardens at Villa I Tatti

2009

Renaissance High Chapel Decoration

  • Julia F. Colchie: Piero Pollaiuolo's Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece and the High Chapel of Sant'Agostino in San Gimignano
  • Laura Genatiempo: Speaking to the Laity: The Frescoes in the High Chapel of the Duomo of Orvieto
  • Shannon E. Gilmore: A Franciscan Legacy: Benozzo Gozzoli's Frescoes in the Choir Chapel of San Francesco in Montefalco

2008

The Speaking Hand: Gesture in Italian Art

  • Kellin Barlow-Wilcox: Gesture and Narrative in Paintings of the Annunciation: An Analysis of Primary Sources
  • Mary Delmastro: From the Spoken Word to the Power of God: Tracing the Evolution of the Gesture of Benediction
  • Tom DePasquale: Gesture and Narrative in Paintings of the Annunciation: An Analysis of Primary Sources
  • Stephanie Kaplan: Hand-Picked Poses: The Development of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini's Gestures in Pinturicchio's Piccolomini Library
  • E. Clark Marshall: The Search for Truth in Botticelli's Calumny of Apelles
  • Lara L. Roney: Within Reach: Unspoken Communication with the Divine in Caravaggio's Conversion of Saint Paul
  • Sarah Tangeman: The Gesture of Silence: A Transformation in Form and Meaning in Late Medieval Italian Art

2007

Procession and Pageantry in Renaissance Italy

  • Sarah Dotson: The Signoria's Promotion of Civic Liberty through the Cult of St. Anne
  • Luke Leither: Francesco I de' Medici's Triumph of Dreams: The Shaping of a Public Persona
  • Kelley Magill: The Political Context of the Processions of the Madonna of Impruneta
  • Sean Nelson: A Venetian naval Procession in Florence: The Argonautica of 1608
  • Stephanie Small: The Scale and Impact of Charles V's Departing Procession from Florence
  • Lisa Szkolnik: Asserting Papal Hegemony: Martin V's Departing Procession from Florence

2006

Sacristies of Renaissance Florence

  • Christina M. Cooper: The Carmine Sacristy and the Fresco Cycle of Saint Cecilia
  • Kimberly Detterbeck: The Sacristy of Santo Spirito in the "Age of the Octagon"
  • Victoria Kolomensky: Fit for a Knight: Strozzi Patronage of the Santa Trinita Sacristy
  • Carrie A. Mugridge: Uncharted Waters: The Sacristy Lavabo
  • Paola Vojnovic: Functions of a Sacred Space: The Sacristy of Santa Croce

2005

Hidden Treasures of the Santissima Annunziata

  • Rebecca Ben: A Forgotten Family: The Falconieri at the Santissima Annunziata
  • Devorah R. Block: Chapel or Chapterhouse?: The Dual Patronage of the Painters' Chapel at the SS. Annunziata
  • Bradley J. Cavallo: The Stained Glass Window in the Oratory of Piero de' Medici at SS. Annunziata
  • Kristin L. Hemard: The Chapel of San Pellegrino Laziosi: Seventeenth Century Propaganda at the SS. Annunziata
  • Ann E. Proctor: "Turned Towards Glory": Giambologna's Tomb Chapel at the SS. Annunziata

2004

Alla Porta: Studies on the Renaissance Threshold

  • Sarah Dillon: The Door of the Sala dei Gigli and the Misplaced Sculpture of Saint John the Baptist
  • Jillian B. Domenici: The Façade of the Palazzo dei Visacci: A Reflection of the Patron
  • Catherine M. Esposito: The Atrium of the Santissima Annunziata
  • Jeremy Glatstein: Bronze on the Edge: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Frames for the Doors of the Florence Baptistery
  • Katherine Mendillo: Michelangelo’s Fortification Designs and the Problem of the City Gate
  • Emily D. Schiavone: Opening the porta clausa: Doors in Tuscan Renaissance Annuciations

2003

Let the Games Begin: Ludic Pastimes in Italy, 1400–1800

  • Kate Hill: Patroness/Huntress: Isabella d’Este and the Camera Grande of the Appartamento della Grotta
  • Christine M. Kukenberger: Marketing the Invincible Vice: Gambling Boards by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli
  • Jason Di Resta: Dumb Luck or Divine Will: Lot Iconography in Fifteenth-century Italian Crucifixion Scenes
  • Alison G. Rossi: Amusing and Subtle Exchanges: Realizing Private Motivations in Imprese
  • Kathleen D. Swaydan: Il Palio dei Cocchi: Chariot Racing in Piazza Santa Maria Novella
  • Amy M. Turner: From Curses to Cards: Andrea del Sarto’s Visual Adaptation of a Literary Tradition

2002

Dante

  • Sebastian A. Bentkowski: New Observations on the Gaddi Chapel in the Church of San Remigio in Florence
  • Danielle C. Cappanelli: Poet to Patriot: The Celebration of Dante in Nineteenth-Century Florence
  • Lauren E. Schuman: The Dante Urbinate and the Dukes of Urbino
  • John Tomaselli: A New Poetic Vision: Gustave Dore’s Illustrations for the Divine Comedy

2001

Illness, Healing, and Death in Early Modern Italy

  • Diana E. Bullen: I Santi Medici: The Hospital of “Lelmo” and a Lost Painting of Paolo Uccello
  • Elizabeth K. Campbell: Childbirth in Italian Renaissance art
  • Lisa J. De Tora: The Notion of Infertility in the Renaissance
  • Elizabeth M. Namack: Per Grazia Ricevuta: Luca Ferrini and Ex-Voto Imagery in the Santissima Annunziata of Florence
  • Heather R. Nolin: The Avelli of Santa Maria Novella
  • Desiree M. Sykes: From the Palazzo del Podesta’ to the Gallows: The Condemned Prisoner’s Path to Salvation
  • Peter Weller: Death by Crucifixion: Passion and Compassion in the Carved Wood Crucifixes of Early Trecento Pisa

2000

The Arno: A Source of Art, Architecture, and Ritual

  • Lia R. Markey: Ponte Santa Trinita’ and Statecraft in the Late Cinquecento
  • Melissa Moreton: The Romite del Ponte: Devotional Art and Architecture on the Ponte alle Grazie
  • Lisa J. Neal: For the Beauty and Utility of the Commune of Florence: Early Urban Projects and the Arno
  • Jenny L. Patten: The Quest for the Golden Fleece: A Marriage Spectacle on the Arno in 1608
  • Melanie L. Taylor: Pageantry on the Ice: The Feste on the Arno December 31, 1604
  • Julie A. Zappia: Allegories of the Arno During Grand-Ducal Tuscany

1999

Made for Society: Essays on the Functions of Art

  • Julia Gardner: The Painted Decoration of Early String Keyboard Instruments
  • Caroline Hillard: Art and Ritual in the Refectory of Sant’Apollonia
  • Alexandra Korey: Amulets on Infants: Visual and Documentary Evidence of a Tradition
  • Laura A. Macaluso: A Gallery of Particular Worth: The Jarves Collection of Medieval and Early Renaissance Paintings
  • Kimberly L. Santoro: Implications of Spectacular Display: Florentine Pharmacy Majolica
  • Anne J. Weatherley: The Universal Language of Art and its Power to Move People in Meditation According to Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti

1998

Selected Papers on the Chiostro dello Scalzo

  • Meghan Callahan: A Reconstruction of the Oratory of the Company of the Scalzo
  • Jillian Cipriano: The Iconographical Importance of the Veronica Veil in the Decorative Frieze of the Chiostro dello Scalzo
  • Solveig E. Loken: The Copies of Andrea del Sarto’s Chiostro dello Scalzo: A Visual Legacy
  • Joseph M. Silva: The Significance of the Monochrome Technique in the Chiostro dello Scalzo

1997

Art, Patronage and Pageantry at Ognissanti

  • Loredana L. Agosta: Scholars of Faith: Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine in the Church of the Umiliati
  • Marta Alvarez: Pageantry and Propaganda: The Medici Wedding of 1565
  • Steven Bunn: The Iconography of Carlo Portelli’s Ognissanti Immaculate Conception
  • Jennifer Harrison: A Question of Style: The Sinopia for Ghirlandaio’s Ognissanti Last Supper
  • Betsy B. Purvis: The Compagnia del Santissimo Sacramento in Borgo Ognissanti and the Plague of 1630: Confraternal Cult Objects in Context
  • Patricia Rucidlo: St. Francis of Assisi: Miracle Worker on the Ognissanti Cloister Wall
  • Stephanie Turnier: Patronage and Portraiture in Ghirlandaio’s Vespucci Chapel

1996

Selected Papers on the Capponi Family 15th -17th Centuries

  • Jennifer Cowden: Raffaellino del Garbo and the Capponi
  • Kirk Duclaux: Cum Plenissima Balia: The Influential Operai of Santo Spirito
  • Mary Ellen Lawrence: The Villa La Pietra: New Findings
  • M. Catherine Mellen: Women’s Wills and Bequests in Sixteenth-Century Italy: The Case of Caterina Ridolfi and Pontormo’s Capponi Madonna and Child
  • Rocky Ruggiero: Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito: A New Assessment of the Early Building History and a Later Dating
  • Ursula F. Schonbeck: The Decorative Program as Didactic Display: A Study of the Apartment of Caterina Ridolfi as Revealed by a 1534 Inventory
  • Karen L. Wardzala: A Northern Artist Working in Italy: Guillaume de Marcillat’s Stained Glass Window for the Capponi Chapel in Santa Felicita

1995

Dominican Contributions to the Art and Society of Renaissance Florence

  • Theresa L. Flanigan: The Division of Sacred Space: A New Reconstruction of the Church of San Marco in Florence
  • Mimi E. Games: La Vita Angelica: Ideals of Monastic Reform in Fra Angelico’s Last Judgement for Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • Ann Matchette: The Compagnia della Purificazione: Adolescent Spirituality and its Artistic Environment at San Marco
  • Christina M. Mifsud: The Decorative Program for the Refectory Wall at Santa Maria Novella: A Pictorial Archive
  • Andrew P. Ziebro: The Choral Books of San Marco in Florence: Hidden Jewels of Liturgical Art

1994

Out of the Shadow: Light on the Cathedral Complex of Florence

  • Tanya Bastianich: Uomini Illustri of Santa Maria del Fiore and their Fate
  • Michael J. Dagon: Le Vetrate di Santa Maria del Fiore: The Color of LIght and the Language of Divine Inspiration
  • Samantha DeFrance: Domenico Ghirlandaio and Renaissance Mosaic Technique: Looking at the Porta della Mandorla’s Lunette of the Annunciation
  • Laurie A. Granieri: A Chronicle of Preservation and Renewal at St. Reparata and St. Maria del Fiore
  • Jacqueline A. del Grieco: Frescoes of Saint Peter Martyr in Piazza Duomo
  • Carloyn Y. Kamii: The Nineteenth-Century Facade of the Florentine Duomo: A Monument of National Identity
  • Diana Reeve: Civic Values in Trecento Florence: the Campanile Hexagons and the Writings of Hugh of St. Victor
  • Lisa Rubenstein: Murder in the Cathedral: The Secret of Bertoldo di Giovanni’s Pazzi Conspiracy Medal
  • Jane L. Zaloga: Reflections on the Pavements of the Cathedral of Florence

1993

Cardo Viarum: Florence as Crossroads of Artistic and Intellectual Discourse

  • Catherine Dicesare: A Virtuous Woman is a Crown to Her Husband: Lucretia in Word and Image
  • Alison C. Fleming: Drawing on Flemish Tapestries: Leonardo’s Modification of the Traditional Drapery Study
  • Claudia Goldstein: Paradise Lost and Found: Northern Symbolism and the Florentine Last Suppers of Domenico Ghirlandaio
  • Stephanie Leone: In Vogue in Fifteenth-Century Florence: Cassoni and the Courtly Taste
  • Jerry Marino: Jacopo Pontormo and Northern Sources: Some New Observations
  • Nicole Wallens: A Stranger in a Strange Land: The Tomb of Joseph II of Constantinople and the Council of Florence

1992

Pitti Palace

  • Shelly A. Burgess: A Museological Study of the Palatine Gallery
  • Julia Doran: The "Tavola Geometrica" of the Pitti Palace
  • Jennifer Hermesmeyer: The Original Construction of the Pitti Palace: A Reconsideration
  • Alan J. Pascuzzi: Michelangelo’s Boboli Slaves and the Grotta Grande

1991

Santa Croce

  • Michele L. Averbuck: Some Observations on the Stained Glass in the High Chapel at Santa Croce
  • Robert G. LaFrance: Alessandro Allori’s Descent from the Cross and the Compagnia del Gesu in Santa Croce
  • Courtney Janak: Donatello’s Saint Louis of Toulouse on the Facade of Santa Croce
  • Dennis Kennedy: Program of Taddeo Gaddi’s Santa Croce Refectory Wall Decoration: A Call to a New Way of Life
  • Heidi Reilly: Ideas of the Immaculate Conception in the Baroncelli Chapel

1990

Palazzo Vecchio

  • Margaret Boylan: A Study on the Cortile of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Allison Cross: Le Camere dell’Illustrissima Signora Duchessa Eleanora Toledo
  • Lawrence Larson: La Piazza, il Palagio e la Peste: The Evolution of a Public Space in Florence
  • Nicole Squires: Some Great Thicket: The Studiolo of Francesco de’ Medici

1989

Eleonora de Toledo

  • A. Victor Coonin: Eleanora de Toledo and Bronzino
  • Leann Johnson: The Court Dress of Eleanora de Toledo
  • Susan L. Martenson: The Tomb of Eleanora de Toledo
  • Robin Rundle: Eleanora de Toledo in the Court of Cosimo I

1988

The Chapel of the Medici Palace

  • Molly H. Bourne: "King in All But Name and State": The Medici Chapel Frescoes as a Statement of Political Aspirations
  • Jeannine A. O’Grody: Echoes of the Strozzi Altarpiece in Benozzo Gozzoli’s Frescoes in the Medici Chapel
  • Jeff B. Speck: A Chapel to Rule: The Design of the Palazzo Medici Chapel and its Necessary Inclusion in the Palace
  • Nancy L. Zughaib: The Steps of Humility, The Steps to Sovereignty: Fra Filippo Lippi’s Nativity Altarpiece for the Chapel of Palazzo Medici

1987

Problems in the Spanish Chapel

  • Simone Burger: The Appearance of Heretics, Infidels, Heresy, and Non-Belief in the Frescoes of the Spanish Chapel Santa Maria Novella
  • Ruth C. Morss: The Iconography of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Spanish Chapel at Santa Maria Novella
  • Scott B. Montgomery: The Frescoes of the Life and Miracles of St. Peter Martyr on the South Wall of the Spanish Chapel
  • Elaine Ruffolo: The History of the Restoration of the Spanish Chapel at Santa Maria Novella
  • Steven Wolf: The Sources of Andrea Bonaiuti’s Spanish Chapel Crucifixion and Late Style