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Botticelli, Sandro, 1444 or 5-1510.
e Artist : painter
Portrait of a Man Holding a Medallion of Cosimo de'Medici (detail).
Anonymous portrait : Portrait of a Man with the Medal of Cosmo the Elder.
b 57.5 x 44 cm.
c Tempera on wood.
Beginning Date: 1465.
Completion Date: 1466.
This beautiful painting includes a double portrait, revealing a certain link between the unknown young man and the Medici family. The medal he keeps in his hands shows in fact Cosimo the Elder in profile: it is a gilt plaster mould glued on the wood, it is derived from a gold posthumously medal coined between 1465 and 1469 in honour of Cosimo de' Medici. The portrait is an early work by Botticelli; he set the man in the open against a fascinating desolate landscape recalling Flemish paintings.
Style: Italian Early Renaissance.
School: Early Renaissance.
Galleria degli Uffizi. ID=IFU
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)