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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.
oil on panel
H 66.2 x W 52.8 cm
Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850