Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci - Piero di Cosimo. 42 x 57 cm
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci - the most famous painting by Piero di Cosimo, painted at the personal request of the Medici family. The Medici were known as the great bankers of Florence, the only region in all of Italy where their rules and their laws acted. The famous family sponsored art through money, trying to influence its partners through culture. Medici banks were the most reliable way to keep their savings, until the sunset of Florence as a region.
Creating a picture
Simonetta Vespucci - the most beautiful girl in Florence, has long had close ties with the Medici clan. In early childhood, Cosimo Medici promised to bring these two houses together if they can reach an agreement on the merger of all their enterprises. The founder of the bank was going to give the project a long life. But it was necessary not only to attract investments, but, and in which case, to be able to legalize the entire project, proving that the money in it did not carry a bloody trace. It was for this that children of well-known families married. Only now there was a misfortune that changed all plans, and partially influenced the fall of the Medici clan. Simonetta died of consumption, having died in a week and one day.
The portrait was painted after the girl’s death. Pierrot wrote specially in an outdated manner. Most likely, the image was inherited from a medal that the father personally passed on to the master. The portrait shows bare breasts, and a very bold, wedding hair style. The artist tried to portray the first beauty of Florence in a worthy role. The painting was transferred personally to the Vespucci family.