(b. 1611, Volterra, d. 1690, Firenze)

One of Father Arlotto's Tricks

Oil on canvas, 107 x 150 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Arlotto Mainardi was a fourteenth-century parish priest who was close to the Medici, especially at their country seat at Careggi. After he died, a friend published a collection of his shrewd practical jokes and words of wisdom. These are very much in the Florentine tradition. The pleasure of seeing the foolish outwitted was still alive and well in seventeenth-century Florence.

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