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The Medici

Eleonora of Toledo

Maria de' Medici (1540-1557)


Maria de' Medici – for several centuries this portrait painting was provided with the correct title "Maria de' Medici" like the above from the book of G.F. Young, The Medici, 2nd Volume, London 1909 (reprinted in 1930). However, in the second half of the 20th century it was declared to be "Bia de' Medici" by the art historians. My research over the last seven years has shown that every second portrait painting of the Renaissance is nowadays attributed to a wrong person by the art historians. Every second! In the 1950s and 1960s it was only every fourth portrait painting. Read my article The True Faces of the Daughters and Sons of Cosimo I de' Medici


Maria de' Medici as an adolescent (presumably as a 15-year old)