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Piero De Medici Collection

"Piero de Medici: A Renaissance Patron of Science, Art, and Power" Piero de Medici, a prominent figure in the illustrious Medici family

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Tomb of Julian de Medici (Giuliano de Medici (1478-1516). Detail of the allegory of the night

Tomb of Julian de Medici (Giuliano de Medici (1478-1516). Detail of the allegory of the night
BEN5480727 Tomb of Julian de Medici (Giuliano de Medici (1478-1516). Detail of the allegory of the night. Sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti known as Michelangelo (Michelangelo or Michelangelo)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: King Henri IV of France with Marie de Medici in 16th century (lithograph)

King Henri IV of France with Marie de Medici in 16th century (lithograph)
NWI4945168 King Henri IV of France with Marie de Medici in 16th century (lithograph) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640) (after); (add.info)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Cosimo I de Medici (Cosimo I de Medici, 1519-1574) founded the Order of Saint Stephen

Cosimo I de Medici (Cosimo I de Medici, 1519-1574) founded the Order of Saint Stephen (Santo Stefano)
BEN5476942 Cosimo I de Medici (Cosimo I de Medici, 1519-1574) founded the Order of Saint Stephen (Santo Stefano). Painting by Passignano (1558-1638). 16th century Italian mannerism

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Cosimo I de Medici (Cosimo I de Medici, 1519-1574) appointed Duke by the Senate of Florence

Cosimo I de Medici (Cosimo I de Medici, 1519-1574) appointed Duke by the Senate of Florence
BEN5476959 Cosimo I de Medici (Cosimo I de Medici, 1519-1574) appointed Duke by the Senate of Florence. Painting by Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1632). 16th century Italian mannerism

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento, consists of 7 bulbs in clusters containing liquid with

Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento, consists of 7 bulbs in clusters containing liquid with glass beads of
DEX5040751 Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento, consists of 7 bulbs in clusters containing liquid with glass beads of different densities, c.1650 (object) by Unknown Artist

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Catherine de Medici, 1519-1589, and her astrologer Nostradamus, 1503-1566 - Portrait of Nostradamus

Catherine de Medici, 1519-1589, and her astrologer Nostradamus, 1503-1566 - Portrait of Nostradamus
ELD4956136 Catherine de Medici, 1519-1589, and her astrologer Nostradamus, 1503-1566 - Portrait of Nostradamus, Michel de Notre Dame (1503-1566)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass)

Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass)
DEX5040743 Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass) by Unknown Artist, (17th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Cosimo I de Medici, 16th century (marble)

Cosimo I de Medici, 16th century (marble)
7146264 Cosimo I de Medici, 16th century (marble) by Danti, Vincenzo (1530-76); Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Cosimo I de Medici, Vincenzo Danti, marble)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of Lorenzo de Medici, 1543 (oil on wood)

Portrait of Lorenzo de Medici, 1543 (oil on wood)
7146828 Portrait of Lorenzo de Medici, 1543 (oil on wood) by Vasari, Giorgio (1511-74); 90x72 cm; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of Vittoria della Rovere as a child, 1625 circa, (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Vittoria della Rovere as a child, 1625 circa, (oil on canvas)
7146808 Portrait of Vittoria della Rovere as a child, 1625 circa, (oil on canvas) by Titi, Tiberio di (1573-1627); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of Cosimo I (1519-74) de Medici, 1545 (tempera on panel)

Portrait of Cosimo I (1519-74) de Medici, 1545 (tempera on panel)
DEX5040753 Portrait of Cosimo I (1519-74) de Medici, 1545 (tempera on panel) by Bronzino, Agnolo di Cosimo (1503-72); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of a girl with a book, possibly Giulia di Alessandro de Medici, 1584-1550

Portrait of a girl with a book, possibly Giulia di Alessandro de Medici, 1584-1550, (oil on wood panel)
7146797 Portrait of a girl with a book, possibly Giulia di Alessandro de Medici, 1584-1550, (oil on wood panel) by Bronzino, Agnolo di Cosimo (1503-72); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Giovanni di Bicci de Medici, (polychrome terracotta)

Giovanni di Bicci de Medici, (polychrome terracotta)
7129182 Giovanni di Bicci de Medici, (polychrome terracotta) by Pazzini, Romeo (1855-1936); Museo della Citta, Rimini, Italy; (add.info.: Giovanni di Bicci de Medici (1360-1429), Romeo Pazzini

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of Cosimo I, 1545 (bronze)

Portrait of Cosimo I, 1545 (bronze)
7146186 Portrait of Cosimo I, 1545 (bronze) by Cellini, Benvenuto (1500-71); Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, 1545)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Cosimo II de Medici with his wife Maria Magdalena of Austria and his son Ferdinando II

Cosimo II de Medici with his wife Maria Magdalena of Austria and his son Ferdinando II, 1640 circa (oil on canvas)
7146908 Cosimo II de Medici with his wife Maria Magdalena of Austria and his son Ferdinando II, 1640 circa (oil on canvas) by Suttermans, Justus (1597-1681); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of a lady, possibly Isabella de Medici, 16th century (panel)

Portrait of a lady, possibly Isabella de Medici, 16th century (panel)
7129393 Portrait of a lady, possibly Isabella de Medici, 16th century (panel) by Italian School, (16th century); Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Portrait of a lady)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Magnet given by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) to Ferdinando II de Medici, c. 1608 (object)

Magnet given by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) to Ferdinando II de Medici, c. 1608 (object)
DEX5040803 Magnet given by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) to Ferdinando II de Medici, c.1608 (object) by Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of Alessandro de Medici, 1534 (oil on wood)

Portrait of Alessandro de Medici, 1534 (oil on wood)
7146830 Portrait of Alessandro de Medici, 1534 (oil on wood) by Vasari, Giorgio (1511-74); 157x114 cm; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Portrait of Cosimo the elder de Medici, 1519-20 (oil on wood)

Portrait of Cosimo the elder de Medici, 1519-20 (oil on wood)
7146826 Portrait of Cosimo the elder de Medici, 1519-20 (oil on wood) by Pontormo, Jacopo (1494-1557); 85x65 cm; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de Medici with Evening and Dawn

Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de Medici with Evening and Dawn
7278122 Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de Medici with Evening and Dawn by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de Medici with Evening and Dawn)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Lorenzo de Medici, 1 January 1449, 8 April 1492 was an Italian statesman

Lorenzo de Medici, 1 January 1449, 8 April 1492 was an Italian statesman
7279619 Lorenzo de Medici, 1 January 1449, 8 April 1492 was an Italian statesman by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Lorenzo de Medici, 1 January 1449)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Statue of Lorenzo de'Medici, called the Magnificent, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Europe

Statue of Lorenzo de'Medici, called the Magnificent, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Europe
7277595 Statue of Lorenzo de Medici, called the Magnificent, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Europe by Italian School, (19th century); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: The Journey of the Magi, 1459-60 (fresco)

The Journey of the Magi, 1459-60 (fresco)
3493741 The Journey of the Magi, 1459-60 (fresco) by Gozzoli, Benozzo di Lese di Sandro (1420-97); Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: by Benozzo di Lese di Sandro Gozzoli (1420-97))

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Lorenzo Magnificent and his brother Giuliano de Medici, detail of Madonna

Lorenzo Magnificent and his brother Giuliano de Medici, detail of Madonna
7260240 Lorenzo Magnificent and his brother Giuliano de Medici, detail of Madonna and Child with angels or Madonna of Magnificent (tempera on panel) by Botticelli

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Pope Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) coming back to Florence after his election (fresco)

Pope Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) coming back to Florence after his election (fresco)
7260243 Pope Leo X (Giovanni de Medici) coming back to Florence after his election (fresco) by Straet, Jan van der (Giovanni Stradano) (1523-1605); Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Lorenzo Medicis funerary monument, detail, 1526-1533

Lorenzo Medicis funerary monument, detail, 1526-1533
7243205 Lorenzo Medicis funerary monument, detail, 1526-1533 by Buonarroti, Michelangelo (1475-1564); Church of San Lorenzo, Florence, italy; (add.info.: Sagrestia Nuova)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Mort de Catherine de Medecis (engraving)

Mort de Catherine de Medecis (engraving)
7194193 Mort de Catherine de Medecis (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mort de Catherine de Medecis)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Charles IX (engraving)

Charles IX (engraving)
7194183 Charles IX (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles IX. Illustration for Histoire de France en Cent Tableaux by Paul Lehugeur (A Lahure)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Elisabeth d Autriche (engraving)

Elisabeth d Autriche (engraving)
7194182 Elisabeth d Autriche (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Elisabeth d Autriche)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Roasting an ox, procession of Charles V and Pope Clement VII after Charles coronation as Holy

Roasting an ox, procession of Charles V and Pope Clement VII after Charles coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in Bologna
7185720 Roasting an ox, procession of Charles V and Pope Clement VII after Charles coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in Bologna, 1530 (engraving) by French School

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Catherine de Medici meets her sons Charles IX and Henry III

Catherine de Medici meets her sons Charles IX and Henry III
FIA5395337 Catherine de Medici meets her sons Charles IX and Henry III by Bakalowicz, Wladyslaw (1833-1907); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Firenze / Florence: Tomba di Lorenzo de Medici (litho)

Firenze / Florence: Tomba di Lorenzo de Medici (litho)
7198874 Firenze / Florence: Tomba di Lorenzo de Medici (litho) by Italian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tomba di Lorenzo de Medici)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Botticelli: Portrait of Piero de Medici (b / w photo)

Botticelli: Portrait of Piero de Medici (b / w photo)
7181359 Botticelli: Portrait of Piero de Medici (b/w photo) by Botticelli, Sandro (1444/5-1510) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of Piero de Medici. Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Botticelli: Portrait of Giuliano de Medici (b / w photo)

Botticelli: Portrait of Giuliano de Medici (b / w photo)
7181355 Botticelli: Portrait of Giuliano de Medici (b/w photo) by Botticelli, Sandro (1444/5-1510) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of Giuliano de Medici)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Catherine de Medicis & Charles IX (engraving)

Catherine de Medicis & Charles IX (engraving)
7194184 Catherine de Medicis & Charles IX (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catherine de Medicis & Charles IX)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Life at the French court in the time of Catherine de Medici (copper engraving)

Life at the French court in the time of Catherine de Medici (copper engraving)
7201533 Life at the French court in the time of Catherine de Medici (copper engraving) by Sadeler, Jean or Johann (1550-1600); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Evasion de Marie de Medicis du chateau de Blois (engraving)

Evasion de Marie de Medicis du chateau de Blois (engraving)
7194216 Evasion de Marie de Medicis du chateau de Blois (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Evasion de Marie de Medicis du chateau de Blois)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Firenze / Florence: Tombo di Giuliano de Medici (litho)

Firenze / Florence: Tombo di Giuliano de Medici (litho)
7198875 Firenze / Florence: Tombo di Giuliano de Medici (litho) by Italian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tombo di Giuliano de Medici)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Colloque de Poissy (engraving)

Colloque de Poissy (engraving)
7194185 Colloque de Poissy (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Colloque de Poissy)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Marie de Medicis (engraving)

Marie de Medicis (engraving)
7194213 Marie de Medicis (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Marie de Medicis. Illustration for Histoire de France en Cent Tableaux by Paul Lehugeur)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Catherine de Medicis (engraving)

Catherine de Medicis (engraving)
7194159 Catherine de Medicis (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catherine de Medicis)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de Medici, c. 1472

Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de Medici, c. 1472
3508274 Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de Medici, c.1472 by Verrocchio, Andrea del (1435-88); (add.info.: Italia, Toscana, Firenze, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Sagrestia Vecchia)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: La reine Catherine de Medicis, femme de Henri 2 (coloured engraving)

La reine Catherine de Medicis, femme de Henri 2 (coloured engraving)
2799688 La reine Catherine de Medicis, femme de Henri 2 (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La reine Catherine de Medicis, femme de Henri 2)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: The Baths of Catherine de Medicis, at Blois (engraving)

The Baths of Catherine de Medicis, at Blois (engraving)
3649488 The Baths of Catherine de Medicis, at Blois (engraving) by Allom, Thomas (1804-72) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Baths of Catherine de Medicis, at Blois)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de Medici, c. 1472 (detail of 3508274)

Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de Medici, c. 1472 (detail of 3508274)
3508273 Tomb of Piero and Giovanni de Medici, c.1472 (detail of 3508274) by Verrocchio, Andrea del (1435-88); Old Sacristy, San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: Italia, Toscana, Firenze)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Catherine de Medicis, Femme de Henri II (coloured engraving)

Catherine de Medicis, Femme de Henri II (coloured engraving)
2799537 Catherine de Medicis, Femme de Henri II (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Catherine de Medicis, Femme de Henri II)

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Piero di Cosimo de Medici called the Gouty, 1556-1558. Artist: Vasari, Giorgio (1511-1574)

Piero di Cosimo de Medici called the Gouty, 1556-1558. Artist: Vasari, Giorgio (1511-1574)
Piero di Cosimo de Medici called the Gouty, 1556-1558. Found in the collection of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Background imagePiero De Medici Collection: Episodes of the Life of Famous Painters: Michelangelo, (c1900)

Episodes of the Life of Famous Painters: Michelangelo, (c1900). Torrigiano, a jealous fellow student, breaks Michelangelos (1475-1564) nose



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"Piero de Medici: A Renaissance Patron of Science, Art, and Power" Piero de Medici, a prominent figure in the illustrious Medici family, played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural and scientific landscape of 16th-century Italy. Known for his patronage of both arts and sciences, Piero's influence extended far beyond his time. One remarkable testament to Piero's support for scientific exploration is the Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento. This innovative instrument consisted of seven bulbs clustered together, each containing liquid with glass beads of different densities. It served as a pioneering tool for measuring temperature during its creation around 1650. Not only did Piero foster advancements in science, but he also had an affinity for astrology. He was often seen alongside Catherine de Medici and her trusted astrologer Nostradamus. In their company portrait by Michel de Notre Dame (Nostradamus), we witness a meeting between intellects that shaped history. Piero's passion for innovation extended to mechanical devices as well. Samuel Morland's brassware and silver mechanical calculator from 1664 exemplify this aspect of his character—a fascination with blending artistry and functionality seamlessly. Yet it was not just science or technology that captivated Piero; he appreciated fine art too. The marble sculpture depicting Cosimo I de Medici stands as an enduring symbol of power during the 16th century—an era when Florence flourished under the Medicis' rule. Lorenzo de Medici also captured Piero's attention through an exquisite oil painting on wood panel dated back to 1543. This portrait immortalizes Lorenzo's refined features while reflecting his influential status within Florentine society. The Medicis' love for portraiture continued with Vittoria della Rovere depicted as a child in another captivating oil painting circa 1625—her innocence radiating from every brushstroke.