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Cristofano Allori


Portrait of Geri della Rena

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Medium & Support

oil on canvas


20 1/4 in. x 15 1/2 in. (51.5 cm. x 39.4 cm.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. R. P. Manson

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Public Domain

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Two miniatures in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, also by Allori and his workshop, are based on this portrait and are identified as likenesses of Geri della Rena at age twenty-two. Traditionally this painting had been attributed to the Spanish court painter Diego Velazquez, then to Velazquez’s son-in-law. Its proper placing in the Florentine tradition was confirmed when the painting was included in a landmark exhibition on art in Florence of the seventeenth century at the Palazzo Pitti in 1986–1987. The disarming emotions on display in Allori’s portraits are understood as his major contribution to the genre.

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