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Portrait of a Young Man, possibly Giuliano de' Medici

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), Italian (active Florence and Rome), 1445 - 1510

Made in Italy, Europe


Tempera on panel

19 1/16 × 12 7/8 inches (48.4 × 32.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 309, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 50

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Images of handsome young Florentine men, particularly those popularized by Botticelli and his school, projected an image of a city full of youthful energy. This portrait may represent Giuliano de’ Medici, who was assassinated in 1478 in a conspiracy against the Medici family and their governance of Florence.

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