Timothy McCall, Villanova University
“‘No Great Sin in a Lord’: Galeazzo Maria Sforza and the Materiality of Lordship in Renaissance Milan”
Galeazzo Maria Sforza’s myriad, splendid garments and adornments materialized courtliness and aristocratic status. Their display was a potent ideological tool wielded by signori to legitimize authority and naturalize hegemony for subjects. As Bernardino Corio asserted, Galeazzo’s court was “one of the most resplendent in the Universe” and truly “splendid beyond measure.” This talk explores the ways that the display and expenditure required to make it so not only fundamentally constituted this duke of Milan’s power, but equally precipitated his downfall.
Timothy McCall is Associate Professor of Art History, and director of the Art History Program, at Villanova University. Hs research centers on Italian Renaissance court art and society, and on visual intersections of power and gender (particularly masculinity) more broadly, in addition to histories of fashion and material culture.