The sea of Oman

Ferdinand i, G. B. Vecchietti, and the armour of Shah 'Abbās I

Mahnaz Yousefzadeh

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    This study is a reconstruction of a privileged relation between Safavid Shah 'Abbās I of Persia and Ferdinand de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, two sovereigns who came to power simultaneously in the years that saw the waning of Portuguese domination in the Persian Gulf. The essay brings together methods and material from diverse perspectives and disciplines to situate Ferdinand's Persian project in a particular, if shifting, context. Orig inally conceiving the endeavor as Cardinal in Rome, Ferdinand was able to actualize it only after the suspicious and sudden death of his brother, Grand Duke Francesco I. An analysis of uncatalogued documents in the archives of the Medici Oriental Press, moreover if not more importantly, offers evidence concerning the commissioning and the meaning of the iconic Medusa (1596-1598) by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi), which analysis, too, finds its ground in the relationship of the Shah 'Abbās and Ferdinand.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)51-74
    Number of pages24
    JournalRivista degli Studi Orientali
    Volume90
    Issue number1-4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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    Keywords

    • Caravaggio's Medusa
    • Ferdinand de' Medici
    • G. B. Vecchietti
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Persian Gulf

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    • History
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Literature and Literary Theory

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    The sea of Oman : Ferdinand i, G. B. Vecchietti, and the armour of Shah 'Abbās I. / Yousefzadeh, Mahnaz.

    In: Rivista degli Studi Orientali, Vol. 90, No. 1-4, 01.01.2017, p. 51-74.

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