Balducci was actively involved in a number of important commissions in Florence during the 1580s, but in 1594 he moved with Agostino Ciampelli to Rome, at the invitation of Cardinal Alessandro de' Medici. After his Roman sojourn, he travelled to Naples, as part of the retinue of Cardinal Gesualdo. There he stayed until his death some thirty years later, enjoying considerable artistic success, and contributing with his Tuscan idiom to the late mannerism in vogue in the city, which was also influenced by the presence of some Northern painters.
1. London, British Museum, inv. no. T,11.65; see N. Turner, Florentine Drawings of the Sixteenth Century, exh. cat., London, British Museum, 1986, no. 182, reproduced fig. 182
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