"Lorenzo de' Medici" by Vasari

Giorgio Vasari’s “Lorenzo il magnifico” (c. 1533) was painted for the Medici ruler at the time, Duke Alessandro de’ Medici. Vasari’s posthumous portrait of the Florentine leader captures the likeness of the great Lorenzo il magnifico in a solemn, contemplative pose. Though he is in his home clothing, a wish of Duke Alessandro, his wealth and status can still be seen in the fur lining of his sleeves. To the right of Lorenzo, the inscription on the marble base reads “virtue triumphs over vices” — a reminder to the descendants of the Medici dynasty to rule with virtue, the same as he did. This painting is now featured at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, entering the collection in 1890.

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