Jacopo Ligozzi

In the 16th century the city of Venice had close ties to the Ottoman Empire. This is reflected in the work of Jacopo Ligozzi. He was the court painter in the courts of Grand Dukes Francesco I, Ferdinando I, Cosimo II, and Ferdinando II.

Thought to have been commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici, it is a book on foreign costumes with animal commentary, either in physical or symbolic similarity.

The paintings are Brush and pen with brown ink, tempera, and gold paint. Dated around 1575, the dimensions are 11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in.

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