Dale Kent, Professorial Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, and Professor Emerita, Department of History, University of California, Riverside, discusses the rise of collecting the Renaissance Florence art of Cosimo de' Medici and his sons.
Dale Kent was born and raised in Australia where she received her B.A. at the University of Melbourne in 1965. She did her graduate work in England where she received her Ph.D. from the University of London in 1971. Among the many awards she has received are: Fellow of Harvard University at the Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence; a Fellowship at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University; Fellow of the National Humanities Center, North Carolina; a Fellow of the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities; and most recently, Fellow at the Australian National University Humanities Research Center; and Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. Kent's publications include The Rise of the Medici: Faction in Florence 1426-1434; Neighbours and Neighbourhoods in Renaissance Florence: The District of the Red Lion in the Fifteenth Century; plus several edited or co-edited works. She is currently working on The Vocabulary of Power in Early Medicean Florence; a study of social, political and artistic patronage and the relations between them. She is also the author of Cosimo de' Medici and the Florentine Renaissance.