Rubinstein, Nicolai, d. 2003. (age 91)
Professor Nicolai Rubinstein, the historian of Medicean Florence, who died
at the age of 91 on 19 August, had held his Honorary Fellowship since 1985.
In 1939, soon after his arrival in England, he offered the Journal his first
learned article in English, on ‘The Beginnings of Political Thought in Florence’
(published in 1942). From 1945, when he moved from the University of Southampton
to Westfield College, his connection became closer; enlisted by Fritz Saxl
for his new undergraduate course on The Italian Renaissance, an Optional Subject
in the History School, he prepared a large table of comparative dates and
taught the political history element with which the then two-year course began.
Continuing to teach for the Institute until a change in the University’s regulations
forced a modification of this course, as well as at Westfield College until
retirement in 1978, he also founded a well-known and long-running seminar
on Italian history at the Institute of Historical Research. In 1952, when
the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento in Florence re-opened the
project of a critical edition of the correspondence of Lorenzo de’ Medici,
in abeyance since the beginning of the Second World War, and the Institute
was given to understand that its collaboration would be welcome, Nicolai Rubinstein
was invited to act as general editor, along with P. G. Ricci of the Florentine
Archivio di Stato; they prepared a preliminary censimento together, but he
assumed responsibility for the edition itself, making the Institute his headquarters.
The Renaissance Society of America a little later joined the consortium,
and still later the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa
I Tatti. With the eight volumes already issued by the Istituto under his
direction, two of them edited by himself, together with his book on The Government
of Florence under the Medici (Oxford-Warburg Studies, 1966; second, revised
edition 1997; both editions also translated into Italian), he gave a new
dimension to the study of fifteenth-century Florence. His was the initiative,
also, for the volume Giovanni Rucellai ed il suo zibaldone: a Florentine
Patrician and his Palace (Studies of the Warburg Institute, 24.2, published
in 1981) and his monograph on The Palazzo Vecchio 1298–1532. Government,
Architecture and Imagery in the Civic Palace of the Florentine Republic (Oxford-Warburg
Studies, 1995) further enhanced his reputation; his Collected Essays are
in the course of publication by Storia e Letteratura. Among Nicolai Rubinstein’s
honours were his Fellowship (1971) and Serena Medal (1974) of the British
Academy, the Premio Galileo Galilei (1975), the Premio della Cultura della
Presidenza del Consiglio (1993), the Florentine Fiorino d’oro (1990) and
the Honorary Citizenship of Florence (1991). Within the Institute he is remembered
with particular gratitude for his constant presence and for the help he gave
freely to staff, Fellows, students and visitors.
The age of the Renaissance; texts by Nicolai Rubinstein [and others] edited
by Denys Hay.
London, Thames & Hudson 
359 p. 600 illus. (incl. 180 col.), maps (some col.), plans, facsims.
The age of the Renaissance. Texts by Nicolai Rubinstein [and others] Edited
by Denys Hay.
New York, McGraw-Hill 
359 p. illus. (part col.), maps (part col.), ports. (part col.) 36 cm.
Medici, Lorenzo de', 1449-1492.
Lettere / Lorenzo de' Medici ; direttore generale Nicolai Rubinstein ; edizione
pubblicata sotto gli auspici dell'Istituto nazionale di studi sul Rinascimento
in collaborazione con The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance
studies Villa I Tatti, The Renaissance Society of America, The Warburg Institute,
University of London.
Firenze : Giunti : Barbèra, 1977-<2002 >
v. <1-9 > : facsims. ; 25 cm.
Ricci, Pier Giorgio.
Censimento delle lettere di Lorenzo di Piero de Medici [di] Pier Giorgio
Ricci [e] Nicolai Rubinstein.
Firenze, L. S. Olschki, 1964.
xii, 198 p. 27 cm.
Florentine studies: politics and society in Renaissance Florence, edited
by Nicolai Rubenstein.
London, Faber, 1968.
546,  p. 24 plates, illus., plans. 23 cm.
The government of Florence under the Medici (1434-1494)
Oxford, Clarendon P., 1966.
xiii, 336 p. 25 cm.
The government of Florence under the Medici (1434 to 1494) / by Nicolai Rubinstein.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University
xvi, 406 p. ; 24 cm.
Roma, Istituto della enciclopedia italiana, 1971.
39 p. 18 cm.
The Palazzo Vecchio, 1298-1532 : government, architecture, and imagery in
the Civic Palace of the Florentine Republic / Nicolai Rubinstein.
Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1995.
xiii, 154 p., 61 p. of plates : ill. ; 28 cm.