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Alchemical painting by Jan van der Straet/Giovanni Stradano
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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Tue Dec 16th, 2008 12:08 am
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Following on from Adam's December 15th entry in his Alchemy Weblog regarding whether the figure in the foreground of the painting of an alchemical laboratory by Jan van der Straet is Francesco de Medici:

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/weblog.html

...this identification was made by Helmar Schramm, Ludger Schwarte and Jan Lazardzig in "Collection, Laboratory, Theater: Scenes of Knowledge in the 17th Century", published by Walter de Gruyter, 2005, ISBN 3110177366, 9783110177367, fig. 6, page 118.

Below is Angelo Bronzino's portrait of Francesco (1551, now in the Uffizi). The identification seems plausible: the hairline, nose, eyes and - especially - the misshapen left ear all seem to match closely.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 16th, 2008 02:48 am
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Francesco may have met a sticky end:

"Historians have long suspected that Francesco de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and his second wife Bianca Cappello did not die of malaria but were poisoned — probably by Francesco's brother, Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici, who was vying for the title.

"Now, forensic and toxicology experts at the University of Florence report evidence of arsenic poisoning in a new study published in the British Medical Journal."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,241178,00.html?sPage=fnc/scitech/archaeology

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 Posted: Wed Apr 10th, 2013 08:52 pm
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Paul Ferguson wrote:
Following on from Adam's December 15th entry in his Alchemy Weblog regarding whether the figure in the foreground of the painting of an alchemical laboratory by Jan van der Straet is Francesco de Medici:

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/weblog.html

...this identification was made by Helmar Schramm, Ludger Schwarte and Jan Lazardzig in "Collection, Laboratory, Theater: Scenes of Knowledge in the 17th Century", published by Walter de Gruyter, 2005, ISBN 3110177366, 9783110177367, fig. 6, page 118.

Below is Angelo Bronzino's portrait of Francesco (1551, now in the Uffizi). The identification seems plausible: the hairline, nose, eyes and - especially - the misshapen left ear all seem to match closely.


There is an article about van der Straet's painting in a recent issue of 'Occupational Medicine':

http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/63/3/172.short

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 Posted: Sat Jan 11th, 2014 01:17 pm
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Interesting reviews in English of the 2013 Uffizi exhibition "L’alchimia e le arti: la fonderia degli Uffizi da laboratorio a stanza delle meraviglie":

http://www.arttrav.com/florence/alchemy-uffizi-exhibit-review/

http://saci-art.com/2013/01/22/alchemy-the-arts-never-seen-before-at-the-uffizi/

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