The Florence Symposium

Each December, students enrolled in the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art present their scholarly research at a public symposium. This experience offers them the opportunity to hone their research and critical analysis skills, and the presentations students deliver allow them to develop and showcase their oral communication skills. See below for the topics, titles, and participants of the symposia from 1987 to the present:

2016

30th Annual Graduate Symposium

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

Michelle Ayer

Bedding Agostino Chigi: Sodoma's Marriage of Alexander and Roxanne in the Villa Farnesina

 Julie James

Franciscan Tradition and Cross-cultural Exchange in Vasari's Altarpiece Cycle at Santa Croce

Emma McNay

Dominicans and the Art of Healing in Renaissance Florence: The Maiolica Pharmacy Jars of San Marco

Kirstin Willders

2015

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

Beyond the Sacred: Montevarchi's Cult of the Madonna of the Milk and Civic Identity

Lauren Cooley

Edible Abstinence: Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper and the Florentine Refectory Tradition

 Cristina Garza

From Cardinal to Grand Master: The Display of Military Power in a Luxury Table Fountain for Ferdinando I de’ Medici

Laura Marsolek

Red or White? Wine and Morality in Vasari's Last Supper for the Nuns of Le Murate

Isaac Messina

2014

Behind the Fig Leaf: Erotic Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy

Lustful Birds and Reclining Nudes: A Study of Titian's Venus with a Cupid and Partridge

Robin Enstrom

Banqueting with the Erotic: Isabella d'Este's Maiolica Service

Klara Kovarova

"L'Ottimo artista": Cellini's Apollo and Hyacinth and the Sculptural Theory of Benedetto Varchi

Sally Tucker

The Stufetta of Clement VII: Bathing with the Divine

Molly Verlin

2013

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

Plague and Politics: The Chapel of the Martyrs in San Salvatore di Camaldoli in Florence

Jean Chapman

Questions about the New Sacristy: An Ambrosian Influence?

Charles Cowden

Under the Yoke of Tyranny: The Segni Altarpiece and the Last Republic

Hannah Fritschner

Pontormo's Baptism of Christ and the 1514 Festa di San Giovanni: A "Youthful" Recontextualization

Lauren Johnson

2012

Looking Good: Constructing Virtuous Identities in Italian Renaissance Art

The Continence of Cosimo I de' Medici: Male Chastity and the Tapestry of Joseph Fleeing from Potiphar's Wife

Victoria R. Bartels

Humble Mind, Humble Flesh: Visualizing Virtue in the Altarpiece of the Blessed Humility of Faenza

Adrian N. Marshall

A "Grandeur of Conception": The Column of Justice and the Monumental Virtue of Cosimo I de' Medici

Carolyn M. Murin

Money Well Spent: The Buonomini Fresco Cycle and Virtuous Spending

Andrew K. Scott

The New Noble: Virtuous Identity in the Florentine Guildhall of Judges and Notaries

Vanessa D. Valdes

2011

Tall Tails: Representing Animals in Italian Renaissance Art

Giulio Romano's Sala dei Cavalli and the Tradition of Gonzaga Horse Portraiture

Claire E. Bradley

Cave of Curiosities: Art, Nature, and Amusement in the Grotta degli Animali

Meghan L. Dillon

Natura Viva: The Zoological Illustrations of Jacopo Ligozzi

Megan R. Donovan

A Renaissance for Giraffes: Lorenzo de' Medici's Giraffe and its Representation in Art

Hannah R. Hartsig

How to Paint a Dragon: Paolo Uccello and the Creation of St. George's Foe

Emily T. Ho

The Sea Monsters of Piazza SS. Annunziata: Pietro Tacca's Fountains and the Zoological Prints of the Late Renaissance

Suzanne M. Myers

2010

Rooted in the Renaissance: Italian Gardens and their Legacy

A Cardinal Entertains: Theatrical Experience in the Aldobrandini Garden at Frascati

Margaret A. Contompasis

The Gardens at the Casino di San Marco during the Reign of Francesco I de' Medici

Sarah J. Dziamba

Cultivating Aesop: The Giardino segreto at Palazzo del Te

Melanie C. Honour

Agony in the Garden: Locating Christ's Prayer in Italian Renaissance Painting

Bryan C. Keene

A Garden of Singular Beauty: The Design of Isabella d'Este's Giardino Segreto

Caitlin E. Sweeney

Modern Renaissance Design: Cecil Pinsent's Gardens at Villa I Tatti

Townsend Zeigler

2009

Renaissance High Chapel Decoration

Piero Pollaiuolo's Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece and the High Chapel of Sant'Agostino in San Gimignano

Julia F. Colchie

Speaking to the Laity: The Frescoes in the High Chapel of the Duomo of Orvieto

Laura Genatiempo

A Franciscan Legacy: Benozzo Gozzoli's Frescoes in the Choir Chapel of San Francesco in Montefalco

Shannon E. Gilmore

2008

The Speaking Hand: Gesture in Italian Art

Gesture and Narrative in Paintings of the Annunciation: An Analysis of Primary Sources

Kellin Barlow-Wilcox

From the Spoken Word to the Power of God: Tracing the Evolution of the Gesture of Benediction

Mary Delmastro

Gesture and Narrative in Paintings of the Annunciation: An Analysis of Primary Sources

Tom DePasquale

Hand-Picked Poses: The Development of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini's Gestures in Pinturicchio's Piccolomini Library

Stephanie Kaplan

The Search for Truth in Botticelli's Calumny of Apelles

E. Clark Marshall

Within Reach: Unspoken Communication with the Divine in Caravaggio's Conversion of Saint Paul

Lara L. Roney

The Gesture of Silence: A Transformation in Form and Meaning in Late Medieval Italian Art

Sarah Tangeman

2007

Procession and Pageantry in Renaissance Italy

The Signoria's Promotion of Civic Liberty through the Cult of St. Anne

Sarah Dotson

Francesco I de' Medici's Triumph of Dreams: The Shaping of a Public Persona

Luke Leither

The Political Context of the Processions of the Madonna of Impruneta

Kelley Magill

A Venetian naval Procession in Florence: The Argonautica of 1608

Sean Nelson

The Scale and Impact of Charles V's Departing Procession from Florence

Stephanie Small

Asserting Papal Hegemony: Martin V's Departing Procession from Florence

Lisa Szkolnik

2006

Sacristies of Renaissance Florence

The Carmine Sacristy and the Fresco Cycle of Saint Cecilia

Christina M. Cooper

The Sacristy of Santo Spirito in the "Age of the Octagon"

Kimberly Detterbeck

Fit for a Knight: Strozzi Patronage of the Santa Trinita Sacristy

Victoria Kolomensky

Uncharted Waters: The Sacristy Lavabo

Carrie A. Mugridge

Functions of a Sacred Space: The Sacristy of Santa Croce

Paola Vojnovic

2005

Hidden Treasures of the Santissima Annunziata

A Forgotten Family: The Falconieri at the Santissima Annunziata

Rebecca Ben

Chapel or Chapterhouse?: The Dual Patronage of the Painters' Chapel at the SS. Annunziata

Devorah R. Block

The Stained Glass Window in the Oratory of Piero de' Medici at SS. Annunziata

Bradley J. Cavallo

The Chapel of San Pellegrino Laziosi: Seventeenth Century Propaganda at the SS. Annunziata

Kristin L. Hemard

"Turned Towards Glory": Giambologna's Tomb Chapel at the SS. Annunziata

Ann E. Proctor

2004

Alla Porta: Studies on the Renaissance Threshold

The Door of the Sala dei Gigli and the Misplaced Sculpture of Saint John the Baptist

Sarah Dillon

The Façade of the Palazzo dei Visacci: A Reflection of the Patron

Jillian B. Domenici

The Atrium of the Santissima Annunziata

Catherine M. Esposito

Bronze on the Edge: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Frames for the Doors of the Florence Baptistery

Jeremy Glatstein

Michelangelo’s Fortification Designs and the Problem of the City Gate

Katherine Mendillo

Opening the porta clausa: Doors in Tuscan Renaissance Annuciations

Emily D. Schiavone

2003

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

Patroness/Huntress: Isabella d’Este and the Camera Grande of the Appartamento della Grotta

Kate Hill

Marketing the Invincible Vice: Gambling Boards by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli

Christine M. Kukenberger

Dumb Luck or Divine Will: Lot Iconography in Fifteenth-century Italian Crucifixion Scenes

Jason D. Resta

Amusing and Subtle Exchanges: Realizing Private Motivations in Imprese

Alison G. Rossi

Il Palio dei Cocchi: Chariot Racing in Piazza Santa Maria Novella

Kathleen D. Swaydan

From Curses to Cards: Andrea del Sarto’s Visual Adaptation of a Literary Tradition

Amy M. Turner

2002

Dante

New Observations on the Gaddi Chapel in the Church of San Remigio in Florence

Sebastian A. Bentkowski

Poet to Patriot: The Celebration of Dante in Nineteenth-Century Florence

Danielle C. Cappanelli

The Dante Urbinate and the Dukes of Urbino

Lauren E. Schuman

A New Poetic Vision: Gustave Dore’s Illustrations for the Divine Comedy

John Tomaselli

2001

Illness, Healing, and Death in Early Modern Italy

I Santi Medici: The Hospital of “Lelmo” and a Lost Painting of Paolo Uccello

Diana E. Bullen

Childbirth in Italian Renaissance art

Elizabeth K. Campbell

The Notion of Infertility in the Renaissance

Lisa J. De Tora

Per Grazia Ricevuta: Luca Ferrini and Ex-Voto Imagery in the Santissima Annunziata of Florence

Elizabeth M. Namack

The Avelli of Santa Maria Novella

Heather R. Nolin

From the Palazzo del Podesta’ to the Gallows: The Condemned Prisoner’s Path to Salvation

Desiree M. Sykes

Death by Crucifixion: Passion and Compassion in the Carved Wood Crucifixes of Early Trecento Pisa

Peter Weller

2000

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

Ponte Santa Trinita’ and Statecraft in the Late Cinquecento

Lia R. Markey

The Romite del Ponte: Devotional Art and Architecture on the Ponte alle Grazie

Melissa Moreton

For the Beauty and Utility of the Commune of Florence: Early Urban Projects and the Arno

Lisa J. Neal

The Quest for the Golden Fleece: A Marriage Spectacle on the Arno in 1608

Jenny L. Patten

Pageantry on the Ice: The Feste on the Arno December 31, 1604

Melanie L. Taylor

Allegories of the Arno During Grand-Ducal Tuscany

Julie A. Zappia

1999

Made for Society: Essays on the Functions of Art

Art and Ritual in the Refectory of Sant’Apollonia

Caroline Hillard

Amulets on Infants: Visual and Documentary Evidence of a Tradition

Alexandra Korey

A Gallery of Particular Worth: The Jarves Collection of Medieval and Early Renaissance Paintings

Laura A. Macaluso

Implications of Spectacular Display: Florentine Pharmacy Majolica

Kimberly L. Santoro

The Universal Language of Art and its Power to Move People in Meditation According to Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti

Anne J. Weatherley

1998

Selected Papers on the Chiostro dello Scalzo

A Reconstruction of the Oratory of the Company of the Scalzo

Meghan Callahan

The Iconographical Importance of the Veronica Veil in the Decorative Frieze of the Chiostro dello Scalzo

Jillian Cipriano

The Copies of Andrea del Sarto’s Chiostro dello Scalzo: A Visual Legacy

Solveig E. Loken

The Significance of the Monochrome Technique in the Chiostro dello Scalzo

Joseph M. Silva

1997

Art, Patronage and Pageantry at Ognissanti

Scholars of Faith: Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine in the Church of the Umiliati

Loredana L. Agosta

Pageantry and Propaganda: The Medici Wedding of 1565

Marta Alvarez

The Iconography of Carlo Portelli’s Ognissanti Immaculate Conception

Steven Bunn

A Question of Style: The Sinopia for Ghirlandaio’s Ognissanti Last Supper

Jennifer Harrison

The Compagnia del Santissimo Sacramento in Borgo Ognissanti and the Plague of 1630: Confraternal Cult Objects in Context

Betsy B. Purvis

St. Francis of Assisi: Miracle Worker on the Ognissanti Cloister Wall

Patricia Rucidlo

Patronage and Portraiture in Ghirlandaio’s Vespucci Chapel

Stephanie Turnier

1996

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

Raffaellino del Garbo and the Capponi

Jennifer Cowden

Cum Plenissima Balia: The Influential Operai of Santo Spirito

Kirk Duclaux

The Villa La Pietra: New Findings

Mary Ellen Lawrence

Women’s Wills and Bequests in Sixteenth-Century Italy: The Case of Caterina Ridolfi and Pontormo’s Capponi Madonna and Child

M. Catherine Mellen

Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito: A New Assessment of the Early Building History and a Later Dating

Rocky Ruggiero

The Decorative Program as Didactic Display: A Study of the Apartment of Caterina Ridolfi as Revealed by a 1534 Inventory

Ursula F. Schonbeck

A Northern Artist Working in Italy: Guillaume de Marcillat’s Stained Glass Window for the Capponi Chapel in Santa Felicita

Karen L. Wardzala

1995

Dominican Contributions to the Art and Society of Renaissance Florence

The Division of Sacred Space: A New Reconstruction of the Church of San Marco in Florence

Theresa L. Flanigan

La Vita Angelica: Ideals of Monastic Reform in Fra Angelico’s Last Judgement for Santa Maria degli Angeli

Mimi E. Games

The Compagnia della Purificazione: Adolescent Spirituality and its Artistic Environment at San Marco

Ann Matchette

The Decorative Program for the Refectory Wall at Santa Maria Novella: A Pictorial Archive

Christina M. Mifsud

The Choral Books of San Marco in Florence: Hidden Jewels of Liturgical Art

Andrew P. Ziebro

1994

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

Uomini Illustri of Santa Maria del Fiore and their Fate

Tanya Bastianich

Le Vetrate di Santa Maria del Fiore: The Color of LIght and the Language of Divine Inspiration

Michael J. Dagon

Domenico Ghirlandaio and Renaissance Mosaic Technique: Looking at the Porta della Mandorla’s Lunette of the Annunciation

Samantha DeFrance

A Chronicle of Preservation and Renewal at St. Reparata and St. Maria del Fiore

Laurie A. Granieri

Frescoes of Saint Peter Martyr in Piazza Duomo

Jacqueline A. del Grieco

The Nineteenth-Century Facade of the Florentine Duomo: A Monument of National Identity

Carloyn Y. Kamii

Civic Values in Trecento Florence: the Campanile Hexagons and the Writings of Hugh of St. Victor

Diana Reeve

Murder in the Cathedral: The Secret of Bertoldo di Giovanni’s Pazzi Conspiracy Medal

Lisa Rubenstein

Reflections on the Pavements of the Cathedral of Florence

Jane L. Zaloga

1993

Cardo Viarum: Florence as Crossroads of Artistic and Intellectual Discourse

Drawing on Flemish Tapestries: Leonardo’s Modification of the Traditional Drapery Study

Alison C. Fleming

In Vogue in Fifteenth-Century Florence: Cassoni and the Courtly Taste

Stephanie Leone

A Stranger in a Strange Land: The Tomb of Joseph II of Constantinople and the Council of Florence

Nicole Wallens

1992

Pitti Palace

A Museological Study of the Palatine Gallery

Shelly A. Burgess

Michelangelo’s Boboli Slaves and the Grotta Grande

Alan J. Pascuzzi

1991

Santa Croce

Some Observations on the Stained Glass in the High Chapel at Santa Croce

Michele L. Averbuck

Alessandro Allori’s Descent from the Cross and the Compagnia del Gesu in Santa Croce

Robert G. LaFrance

Donatello’s Saint Louis of Toulouse on the Facade of Santa Croce

Courtney Janak

Program of Taddeo Gaddi’s Santa Croce Refectory Wall Decoration: A Call to a New Way of Life

Dennis Kennedy

Ideas of the Immaculate Conception in the Baroncelli Chapel

Heidi Reilly

1990

Palazzo Vecchio

A Study on the Cortile of the Palazzo Vecchio

Margaret Boylan

Le Camere dell’Illustrissima Signora Duchessa Eleanora Toledo

Margaret Boylan

La Piazza, il Palagio e la Peste: The Evolution of a Public Space in Florence

Lawrence Larson

Some Great Thicket: The Studiolo of Francesco de’ Medici

Nicole Squires

1989

Eleonora de Toledo

Eleanora de Toledo and Bronzino

A. Victor Coonin

The Court Dress of Eleanora de Toledo

Leann Johnson

The Tomb of Eleanora de Toledo

Susan L. Martenson

Eleanora de Toledo in the Court of Cosimo I

Robin Rundle

1988

The Chapel of the Medici Palace

"King in All But Name and State": The Medici Chapel Frescoes as a Statement of Political Aspirations

Molly H. Bourne

Echoes of the Strozzi Altarpiece in Benozzo Gozzoli’s Frescoes in the Medici Chapel

Jeannine A. O’Grody

A Chapel to Rule: The Design of the Palazzo Medici Chapel and its Necessary Inclusion in the Palace

Jeff B. Speck

The Steps of Humility, The Steps to Sovereignty: Fra Filippo Lippi’s Nativity Altarpiece for the Chapel of Palazzo Medici

Nancy L. Zughaib

1987

Problems in the Spanish Chapel

The Appearance of Heretics, Infidels, Heresy, and Non-Belief in the Frescoes of the Spanish Chapel Santa Maria Novella

Simone Burger

The Iconography of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Spanish Chapel at Santa Maria Novella

Ruth C. Morss

The Frescoes of the Life and Miracles of St. Peter Martyr on the South Wall of the Spanish Chapel

Scott B. Montgomery

The History of the Restoration of the Spanish Chapel at Santa Maria Novella

Elaine Ruffolo

The Sources of Andrea Bonaiuti’s Spanish Chapel Crucifixion and Late Style

Steven Wolf