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Giovanni de' Medici

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Giovanni de' Medici (1543–1562), the second son of Cosimo I and Eleanora of Toledo, was intended for a career in the Church: he was created deacon in 1550, Cardinal in 1560 and Archbishop of Pisa in 1561. This painting was painted c.1550–1551, when Bronzino, as court artist to Cosimo I, was working on a group of Medici family portraits. Although not original to this painting, the Florentine frame of c.1580 is typical of Mannerist taste for the elaborate and the witty.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



Giovanni de' Medici


c. 1550–1551


oil on panel


H 66.2 x W 52.8 cm

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Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850

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