The author, winner of the Ottone d'Assia-Riccardo Francovich 2007 prize, examines the majolica produced and used in Tuscany between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries and through the analysis of both the archaeological and documentary sources reconstructs the circulation flows of artifacts and technologies for the chronological period considered. In particular, the production centers of the middle Valdarno are examined, focusing the investigation on Florence, Bacchereto, Montelupo and Cafaggiolo. A large chapter, in which the ceramic finds from the new stratigraphic excavations of via de 'Castellani and the Magliabechiana Library are compared, is dedicated to Florence as a center of consumption. The volume is completed by some considerations on the materials found in the “new land” of San Giovanni Valdarno and the Medici fortresses of Livorno and Grosseto, and a concluding chapter in which some interpretative keys of the archaeological document are proposed as a source of historical reconstruction.
Ottone d'Assia and Riccardo Francovich Award 2007.
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