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'The Young Cicero Reading' is the only surviving fresco from the Banco Mediceo, Milan. In 1455 Francesco Sforza gave the Palazzo to Cosimo de’Medici, who had it lavishly restyled. Foppa, the leading Lombard master of the quattrocento period, was commissioned to fresco the courtyard. 'The Young Cicero Reading' may have been intended to accompany the Virtues as an emblem of Rhetoric, one of the Liberal Arts.
fresco transferred to canvas mounted on panel (?)
H 101.6 x W 143.7 cm
acquired by Sir Richard Wallace, 1872; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897