“I have represented the lord Duke Cosimo triumphant and glorious, crowned by the personification of Florence with an oak wreath”. The centre of the entire ceiling’s decorations is Cosimo I de’ Medici: the Duke is wearing a purple cloak, is seen sitting on the clouds and is accompanied by the Ducal crown, the cross belonging to the order of Saint Stephen and finally the Golden Fleece (received from the Emperor in 1545). Surrounding him are the symbols of the city and the insignia of the Florentine Arts. Photo: Simone Lampredi


  • Title: Apotheosis of Cosimo I
  • Creator Lifespan: 1511 - 1574
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Firenze
  • Creator Birth Place: Arezzo
  • Date Created: 1563/1565
  • painter: Giorgio Vasari
  • Theme: allegorical subject
  • Second artist name: Giovan Battista Naldini
  • Second artist death place: Firenze
  • Second artist death date: 1591
  • Second artist birth place: Firenze
  • Second artist birth date: 1537
  • Physical Dimensions: w540 x h540 cm (Complete)
  • Period: Mannerism
  • Original title: Apoteosi di Cosimo I
  • Type: oil painting on wood
  • Rights: Comune di Firenze, Comune di Firenze

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