John Paoletti, the William R. Kenan Professor of the Humanities emeritus, spoke on “‘Learn My Language: Strategies of Medici Patronage in Renaissance Florence” Nov. 24 at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Paoletti is currently a Macgeorge Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
Co-author of Art in Renaissance Italy, a standard text on the subject (now in its third edition), he has also published widely on issues of patronage and on Michelangelo, and is currently completing a book on Michelangelo’s David. He co-edited a benchmark collection of essays – Renaissance Florence: A Social History (Cambridge University Press, 2006/2008) – which Bill Kent reviewed as ‘excellent’, full of ‘novel and stimulating information and insights’. For many years Professor Paoletti was editor of the prestigious journal, The Art Bulletin. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti, Florence.