Louis Verreth is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.
Louis Verreth has studied Classics and Italian Philology at KU Leuven. Since 2020 he has been working as a PhD candidate at Leiden University, where he studies the various uses of Antiquity in Neo-Latin verse panegyrics for Lorenzo de’ Medici (1449-1492). To support research stays in Italy, he has received grants from the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR) and the Netherlands Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI).
PhD project: Claiming Ancient Rome’s Heritage: Translatio imperii at the Court of Lorenzo de’ Medici (1469-1492)
A key theme in late 15th-century culture was the comparison of Florence and the Medici with ancient Rome and its rulers. A point in case is Domenico Ghirlandaio’s fresco “The Confirmation of the Rule” in the Sassetti Chapel, which famously sets a visit of Saint Francis to the Pope not in 13th-century Rome, but at Palazzo della Signoria, the political heart of contemporary Florence. Scholars have also recognized this theme in texts that circulated at the Medici court, and have rightly interpreted it as a way for Medici supporters to legitimize the family’s unofficial rule. My doctoral dissertation aims to identify the various strategies which writers used to connect Medici Florence to Antiquity.
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