Portrait of Cosimo the Elder Medici, Jacopo Pontormo

"Portrait of Cosimo the Elder Medici, Jacopo Pontormo

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Portrait of Cosimo the Elder Medici – Jacopo Pontormo. 1519-1520. Wood, oil. 86×65
In this early work of Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557) there are already signs of mannerism, one of the founders of which he will become. Specifically, the manner of the image, in other words, the way it is written, attracted the artist.

Portrait of Cosimo the Elder Medici was created more than half a century after the founder of the Medici dynasty, banker and merchant, who became the ruler of Florence, passed away. In the posthumous depiction of a man, the master could give himself a certain will.

The portrait was ordered by the secretary of Baron Urbinsky Lorenzo Medici, the 1st of Cosimo’s descendants, possibly by the birth of his offspring. Cosimo sits in an armchair, in front of him is a branch of a laurel tree, an emblem of the genus, around which a cardboard ribbon curls with verses from Virgil’s “3 Neida”. In the hunched, slender figure of the depicted and his face one feels lethargy from turbulent years, the hands of his hands, as if accustomed to command and do not want to part with power, are compressed. The reddish vestment of Cosimo, standing out against a black background, brings an alarming note to the canvas and conveys drama, which marks the condition of a person."

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