Eleonora di Don Garzia di Toledo di Pietro de' Medici, by Alessandro Allori


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English: Portrait of Eleonora (known as "Dianora" or "Leonora") di Don Garzia di Toledo di Don Pietro dei' Medici (1553–1576).

Often called "Leonora", Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo should not be confused with the Eleonora di Toledo who married Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Both were from the Spanish House of Toledo which ruled the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily as viceroys for Philip II of Spain. Leonora's husband, Don Pietro de' Medici, was a son of the older Eleonora and Cosimo. Leonora was known for her vivacity and for her affairs. Pietro strangled her with a dog leash for her adultery, with the approval of his brother, Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. (Reference: Caroline P. Murphy, Isabella de' Medici, London: Faber and Faber, 2008, ISBN 9780571230303.)

Alessandro Allori, a representative of the sixteenth-century Florentine school, was a pupil of the artist Agnolo Bronzino, who in turn was a follower of Jacopo Pontormo.

circa 1571(1571)


oil on panel


114.5 × 89.5 cm (45.1 × 35.2 in)


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Gabrielle Langdon, Medici Women: Portraits of Power, Love, and Betrayal, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006, ISBN 9780802095268.

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