Vicarious Conquest: New World in Renaissance Florence


Mar. 28, 2016, 1pm to 2:15pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 257


Dr. Lia Markey, Andrew W. Mellon fellow in the department of drawings and prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York discusses Medici engagement with the Americas and its effects on collecting and art production in Florence during the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Although the Italian peninsula did not assume a direct role in the political and religious conquest of the Americas and Italians were not allowed to travel there without permission from Spain or Portugal, Markey shows one way in which the Medici conquered the New World vicariously.

Lia Markey's work explores cross-cultural exchange between Europe and the Americas in the Renaissance. Her book Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence is currently in press with Penn State University Press. Dr. Markey completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public; seating limited.

Contact Information

UNLV Department of Art
Susanna Newbury

External Sponsor

UNLV College of Fine Arts, UNLV Department of Art Emerging Scholars Lecture Series