By examining the collecting interests and protective practices of Cosimo III de’ Medici, the study reveals the close ties between the arts and natural sciences in the early modern period. A number of previously unpublished sources of images and texts reveal a panorama of botanical splendor and scholarship during the era of the "last Medici" and examine the achievements and boundaries of grand-ducal patronage.
Die botanischen Gärten der späten Medici
"Schmiedel sums up the history of the two botanical gardens on Medici territory: Pisa and Florence, both academic institutions. [...] her book on the relation of artistic and scientific approaches to and presentations of botany deals with and makes available interesting material.
Pompa e intelletto invites further research on botanical networks and the scientific community in the eighteenth century."
Iris Lauterbach in: ISIS—Volume 108, Number 4, December 2017: 904-905