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Studio of Agnolo Bronzino
Florence 1503 - 1572
PORTRAIT OF COSIMO I DE MEDICI, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
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Studio of Agnolo Bronzino
Florence 1503 - 1572
PORTRAIT OF COSIMO I DE MEDICI, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Studio of Agnolo Bronzino
Florence 1503 - 1572
PORTRAIT OF COSIMO I DE MEDICI, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY

Provenance

Possibly one of the members of the Holy Military Order of St. Stephen Pope and Martyr, founded in 1561 by Cosimo I de' Medici in Florence (bears their wax seal on its reverse).

Literature

Possibly K. Langedijk, The portraits of the Medici: 15th-18th centuries, Florence 1981, pp. 421-2, under cat. no. 36, either nos. 3 or 5.

Catalogue Note

This impressive portrait originated in the Florentine studio of Agnolo Bronzino. He was court artist from 1539, and his many state portraits of Cosimo and his family are propagandistic images of power and authority. Our picture shows Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-1574), the scion of the illustrious Medici family, at half-length with his right hand holding a handkerchief. He is dressed in a dark violet fur-lined velvet costume with a small white collar, and wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece. This portrait belongs to a series of portraits probably made after 1560 in the workshop (labelled as type II by Langedijk, see under Literature); the age of the thirty-six fits the sitter perfectly.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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