Francesco Vossilla

Francesco Vossilla

Francesco Vossilla
  • Diploma of Maturità Classica, Liceo Ginnasio Niccolò Machiavelli, Firenze.
  • Laurea, Museum Studies, University of Florence
  • Ph.D., History of Architecture, University of Florence

Biographical Information

Francesco Vossilla is an art historian born and educated in Florence. For family reasons he has worked and lived in the United States and Taiwan. His studies have focused on Renaissance Culture from philosophy to the visual arts. Dr. Vossilla has published mostly on Renaissance sculpture and ceramics as well as on the history of Italian museums. His most recent publications have focused on Michelangelo and his contribution to the birth of modern aesthetics. He is teaching classes on Renaissance Philosophy of Art, Museum Studies, Renaissance Art History for few Italian and American institutions.


  • F. Vossilla, Cosimo I , lo scrittoio del Bachiacca, una carcassa di capodoglio e la filosofia naturale, in <<Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz>>, XXXVII, 1993, pp. 381-395.
  • F. Vossilla, La Loggia della Signoria. Una galleria di scultura, Edizioni Medicea, Firenze 1995.
  • F. Vossilla, L'altar maggiore di Santa Maria del Fiore di Baccio Bandinelli , in Altari e Committenza. Episodi a Firenze nell'età della Controriforma, a cura di C. De Benedictis, Pontecorboli ed., Firenze 1996, pp. 36-67.
  • F. Vossilla, Baccio Bandinelli e Benvenuto Cellini tra il 1540 e il 1560, in <<Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz>> XLI, 1997, 3, pp. 254-313.
  • C. Francini, F.Vossilla, L'Ercole e Caco di Baccio Bandinelli, Alinea ed., Firenze 1999
  • F. Vossilla, Stanze regali per Cosimo de'Medici, in Palazzo Vecchio.Officina di arte e ingegni , a cura di C. Francini, Silvana ed., Cinisello Balsamo, 2006, pp. 100-121.
  • S.Risaliti, F. Vossilla, Il Bacco di Michelangelo.Il dio della spensieratezza e della condanna, Maschietto ed., Firenze, 2007.
  • S.Risaliti, F. Vossilla, La zuffa dei Centauri, Electa, Milano, 2008.

Florence city of museums. Museum Studies and History of Museums.
Museums are the treasure-houses of the human race. European museums, especially those in Florence, preserve artifacts that embody a large part of the cultural heritage of the Western World. It will be our goal to both learn about Museum Studies and to learn from the history of Florentine museums. First we will examine the value and the function of such institutions mainly addressing the social role that museums play in inspiring their visitors to learn about history. Then the class will study the history of Florentine museum as outstanding examples of Italian culture from the Renaissance to the 20th century. This historical background is the beginning step of Museum Studies, because the historical notion is ensuring museums a peculiar role in the regeneration of local cultures.

Researching the history of those collections treasured in a given museum also serves to identify and to represent identity and continuity for the cultural heritage of any modern society at times of grand global changes.

Renaissance Philosophy of Art
This seminar will introduce students to the interdependence of philosophy and art in the Italian Renaissance and will focus mainly on Michelangelo Buonarroti. 

To appreciate Michelangelo's great achievements in sculpture, painting, and architecture students will be exposed to the thought of philosophers and artists who shaped the development of Florentine Humanism and influenced Michelangelo: from Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus to Dante, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, Alberti, Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola.

To assist students in achieving a rigorous interrogation of the meaning and value of beauty and art in Renaissance Italy we will fully approach Buonarroti's art theories. To this end, special study will be made of how specific moral, social, religious and philosophical tendencies can be read from Michelangelo's art as well as of his contemporaries.