TITO, Santi di
(b. 1536, Sansepolcro, d. 1602, Firenze)
Portrait of Henry IV of France1600
Oil on canvas, 67 x 53 cm
Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence
Santi di Tito consigned this canvas in July 1600, to Francesco Ferrucci, the creator of polychrome stone inlays for the grand ducal workshop in Florence. It served as a model for making a portrait in the semiprecious stone technique known as "commesso in pietre dure." Ferrucci, who had already produced a similar portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici two years earlier, completed the task of portraying Henry IV in three months' time.
The inlaid portrait of the French king has since been lost.