The Society for the History of Collecting

invites you to its online lecture

Organised by the Italian Chapter

Collecting Neoclassical Tuscan Sculptures in the Early 19th Century America

Michele Amedei, Università di Firenze

Monday, 21 February 2022 at

6.30pm CET // 5.30pm GMT // 12.30pm EST // 9.30am PST


The lecture focuses on the presence of masterpieces by Tuscan sculptors such as Lorenzo Bartolini, Luigi Pampaloni and Domenico Menconi in collection of eminent American and non-American personalities in the U.S. of the early 19th Century. Among others, they included William Aiken, Jr., Félix Lacoste, John Moss and Meredith Calhoun and in particular Joseph Bonaparte. The research, based on studies made in archives held in the U.S. as well as in Florence, will reveal new perspectives on transnational and artistic/art market exchanges between U.S. and Tuscany in the early 1800s and, in time, open new perspectives on the history of American collectibles at that time.

Michele Amedei received his Ph.D from the University of Florence, Pisa and Siena in 2018. His interests concern the presence of U.S as well as French painters and sculptors in Florence in the first half of the nineteenth century. Michele has published in Italian and international art history magazines such as, among others, ‘Apollo’ the ‘Journal of the History of Collections’, ‘Print Quarterly’ and the ‘Burlington Magazine’. Between 2016 and 2017, Michele was the Terra Foundation Pre-Doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In September and October of 2017, he additionally received a bimonthly grant from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Washington, D.C. to support his Ph.D research. Between January and March 2020 he was Post-Doc fellow at CIMA (Center for Italian Modern Art) in New York and most recently (July-August 2021) Michele was “Daniel Arasse” Post-Doc fellow at the École Française de Rome/Académie de France in Rome.

Members will receive a flyer with the link to the talk at least two days before the event.

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