(b. 1547, Verona, d. 1627, Firenze)

Psittacus Ararauna

Drawing, 670 x 456 mm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This spectacular bird is a blue and gold macaw. Today the species is threatened, but in the later sixteenth century parrots, monkeys, and other foreign-born livestock often accessorized the homes of the European nobility. These birds come from Central and South America, recalling that the Medicis were investors in Columbus's expeditions.