Portrait of Cosimo Senior Medici, Jacopo Pontormo

Portrait of Cosimo Senior Medici, Jacopo Pontormo
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  • Posted by Jacopo Pontormo
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1519-1520

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Cosimo the Elder Medici – Jacopo Pontormo. 1519-1520. Wood, butter. 86×65
   In this early work of Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1557) there are already signs of manierism, one of the founders of which he will become. It was the manner of the image, that is, how it is written, that attracted the artist.

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

   The portrait was ordered by the secretary of the Duke of Urbinsky, Lorenzo Medici, one of the descendants of Cosimo, probably by the birth of his son. Cosimo sits in a chair, in front of him is a branch of a laurel tree, a emblem of the genus, around which a paper tape with verses from the “3neida” of Virgilus curls. In the lined thin figure of the depicted and his face, fatigue from the violently lived years, the brush of his hands, as in the habitual command and not wanting to part with power, is compressed. Kozimo’s red robe, standing out against a dark background, puts an alarming note into the canvas and conveys the drama that marked the state of man.