Maria ab Etruria Cosmi Primi Magni Ducis Etruriae Filia Alphonso II. Duci Ferrariae Desponsata.
Copper engraving. Plate 350 x 248mm. 13¾ x 9¾".
'Regiae familiae Mediceorum etruriae principum effigies' is the source for this engraving by Adrian Halluech [Adrian Haelwegh] working in Italy in the 1660's. The 'Regiae Familiae' used 54 engravings by Halluech and was published in Florence 1741. Algnolo Bronzino painted the sitter when 11years old. Marie de Medici (1540-1557) was engaged to Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara, but died at the age of seventeen, before the marriage could take place. She was educated with her brothers and was among the brightest of the children. When her brother Francesco didn't understand his Greek lesson, his tutors called on Maria to explain it to him. Maria kept herself somewhat aloof from her younger brothers and sisters. She grew into an elegant, highly educated, and decorous young woman. Accurate accounts indicate that Maria's cause of death was probably malaria. She died in Livorno. Her father Cosimo I mourned for her deeply and kept her portrait in his bedroom until he died. Her sister Lucrezia di Cosimo de Medici later married Alfonso.
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