The sitter (died 1574) united the two branches of the Medici family and was the founder of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Although based on a painting by Bronzino that was an official likeness of the Grand Duke, this painting is unlikely to have been made in the artist's workshop.

Key facts

Artist dates
1503 - 1572
Full title
Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Date made
probably before 1574
Medium and support
Oil on wood
21.3 x 17.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery