Cosimo I d’Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519-1574)

after Agnolo Bronzino (Monticelli 1503 – Florence 1572)
National Trust Inventory Number 1413438

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1600 - 1699
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 410 x 283 mm
Place of origin Italy
Collection Overbeck's House, Devon (Accredited Museum)
On show at Overbeck's House, Devon, South West, National Trust

Cosimo I de’ Medici was Duke of Florence, coming to power at 17, when Duke Alessandro de' Medici was assassinated in 1537, and Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1569. He and his wife Eleonora di Toledo (1522 – 1562) were great patrons of the arts and particularly favoured Bronzino.

Cosimo was also an enthusiast of alchemy, a passion he had inherited from his grandmother Caterina Sforza which may explain why this much-copied bust of the 1560 official half-length portrait image of him appealed to Otto Christop Joseph Gerhardt Ludwig Overbeck (c.1852–1937), a research chemist and the last owner of the house once called Sharpitor, near Salcombe.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Cosimo I d’Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519-1574), after Agnolo Bronzino (Monticelli 1503 – Florence 1572)., inscribed: COS.MED / ET. SEN. II (to left of head) DVX.FLO/ M.D.LX. (to right of head). After a bust of the half-lengh portrait in Galleria Borghese, Rome.


Bequeathed to the National Trust by Otto Christoph Joseph Gerhardt Ludwig Overbeck (c.1852 - 1937) with the collections, house and gardens in 1937

Makers and roles

after Agnolo Bronzino (Monticelli 1503 – Florence 1572), artist

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