Olga's Gallery

Jacopo Carrucci, known as Pontormo

Portrait of Cosimo de' Medici Il Vecchio.

1518-1519. Oil on wood. 86 x 65 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. Read Note.

Pontormo. Portrait of Cosimo de' Medici Il Vecchio.

Cosimo de’ Medici ( 1389 - 1464) was a prominent ancestor of the Medici family, under whose reign the dynasty reached its peak as both an economic and a political power. He sponsored the Platonic Academy in Florence and was a great admirer, patron and promoter of Donatello, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico and numerous other painters and sculptors, which established the Medici’s reputation as patrons of Renaissance art in Florence