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Adriana Concin

PhD student

Thesis: Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between Three Courts: Florence – Vienna – Innsbruck, 1564 – 1587

Dr. Guido Rebecchini (Supervisor)
Dr. Scott Nethersole (Second Reader)

My doctoral thesis pertains to the cultural and artistic dealings that manifested between the Medici court in Florence and the Habsburg courts in Vienna and Innsbruck between the years 1563 and 1587. I will chart the interrelated cultural exchanges concerning the prominent figureheads of these important courts, namely the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II; his brother Archduke Ferdinand II and the Florentine Dukes, and later Grand Dukes Cosimo I de’ Medici and Francesco I de’ Medici. The chosen timeframe has its origins in the wedding negotiations for Francesco I de’ Medici’s nuptials with Johanna of Austria in 1565 and draws to a conclusion at Francesco’s death in 1587. These sovereigns, each a distinguished and prolific art collector and patron in their own right, were united by the marriage of Francesco to the Habsburgs’ sister Johanna. This union consolidated the dynastic bonds between the two houses and instigated a period of intense contact. Yet, this contact has been framed by both Austrian and Italian scholarship as troubled, hostile and generally dispassionate, and, as a result, considered devoid of any noteworthy relationship of cultural or artistic dimension. The popular scholarly assumption is that after the nuptials in 1565 the relations quickly deteriorated and so did the related cultural ties. Maintaining that political and diplomatic strife do not dictate cultural mobility, the overarching aim of my research project is to tackle this historically long-treaded canon, and instead offer a more nuanced and balanced reading by illuminating the prolific and profuse cultural exchanges that manifested between Florence, Innsbruck and Vienna.


  • UCL – BA, History of Art, 2013
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art – MA, The Arts of Florence, 2015

Research interests

Cultural Transfer and Mobility in 16th Century Europe, Francesco de’ Medici collection of antiquities, coins, portraits, Habsburg-Medici wedding of 1565, Emperor Maximilian II, Archduke Ferdinand II, Johanna of Austria

Recent conference papers

March 2017, University of Vienna: Medici-Habsburg Wedding Negotiations 1564 – 1565

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