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Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune

Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo)

Paolo Giovio commissioned this portrait from Bronzino for a museum that he was putting together in Borgovico, near Como, to house the “verae imagines” of illustrious men. Here Andrea Doria, an admiral who served under both Pope Clement VII and Emperor Charles V, is allegorically transformed into the sea god Neptune. He is shown naked beside a main-mast, his genitals concealed by the ship’s sail. He originally held an oar in his right hand but it was later changed to represent the sea god’s trident.

Download hi-res image TITLE Portrait of Andrea Doria as Neptune
AUTHOR Bronzino (Agnolo di Cosimo)
DATE c. 1545 - 6
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 149 x 199.5
INVENTORY 1206
Work Not On Display
ON LOAN 21 giugno 2021 > 11 ottobre 2021 Mostra "The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570", New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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