Eleonora di Toledo's Contribution to the Patronage of Painters at the Ducal Court

L. Overpelt

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Eleonora di Toledo is best known for her patronage of Bronzino for several portraits of her and her children and the private chapel in the Quartiere di Eleonora of the Palazzo Vecchio. As Giorgio Vasari related in the Lives, she also bought the Palazzo Pitti with its adjacent gardens. She would have happily spent 40,000 scudi in one year to see it in good conditions, he had it. But these were not Eleonora’s only contributions to the artistic patronage at the ducal court of Cosimo I de’ Medici. Based on archival research, this paper will provide new evidence concerning Eleonora’s contribution to the patronage of Francesco Bachiacca, Agnolo Bronzino, Bernardo Buontalenti, Giovanni Stradano (Jan van der Straet), and several other lesser-known painters and decorative artists in the final decade of her life. It shows that the artistic patronage at the Florentine ducal court was very much a hymeneal affair.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2022
EventRenaissance Society of America Annual Meeting - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 30 Mar 20222 Apr 2022


ConferenceRenaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleRSA 2022
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  • Eleonora di Toledo
  • Patronage
  • Gender Studies
  • Painting
  • Renaissance
  • Italian Renaissance workshop practice
  • cultural heritage
  • Socio-economic history


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