BRONZINO, Agnolo
(b. 1503, Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze)

Portrait of Pope Clement VII

1564-70
Oil on wood, 60 x 39 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The heavy-lidded Pope Clement VII, the illegitimate son of the dashing Giuliano de' Medici, brother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, succeeded his first cousin Giovanni, who reigned as Leo X, in no less tumultuous times.

This painting by the workshop of Bronzino is derived from Raphael's triple portrait of the Medici prelate-cousins.