Portrait of Cosimo I de Medici as Orpheus

Portrait of Cosimo I de Medici as Orpheus, 1539 — Agnolo Bronzino
93.7 cm76.4 cm

Portrait of Cosimo I de Medici as Orpheus is a Mannerist Oil on Canvas Painting created by Agnolo Bronzino from 1537 to 1539. It lives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits, The Nude in Art and The Medici Family. Source

Duke Cosimo I de' Medici is shown as the mythological musician and poet Orpheus after having calmed Cerberus, the doglike guardian to Hades from which Orpheus wished to retrieve his wife, Eurydice. The highly sensual portrait of the naked young duke may have several meanings: the peaceful age that the new generation of Medici wished to usher in, the duke's patronage of the arts and literature, or his marriage to Eleonora di Toledo in 1539. This painting could have been made in conjunction with ceremonies celebrating the latter occasion.

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