0144 Portraits by Feliciano de Almeida (1635-1694) in Cosimo III de' Medici's Gallery

  • Susana Varela Flor (Author)
    Lisbon Instituto de História da Arte, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon

    In 2010 Susana Varela Flor obtained her PhD in History (specialising in Art, Heritage and Restoration) from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa for a dissertation entitled "Aurum Reginae or Queen-Gold”: a Iconografia de D. Catarina de Bragança entre Portugal e Inglaterra de Seiscentos". She was the coordinator of the "DigiTile Library: Tiles and Ceramic online" project (PTDC/EAT-EAT/117315/2010), funded by Portuguese national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC). She is currently an integrated member of the Instituto de História da Arte da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a collaborator of the Instituto HERCULES. It is in these two institutions that she is conducting her post-doctoral project, entitled O Retrato Barroco em Portugal (1612-1706): história, arte e laboratório (SFRH/BPD/101741/2014).

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In early January 1669, prince Cosimo de' Medici (1642-1723, Grand Duke of Tuscany 1670-1723) crossed the Portuguese border, with an entourage of more than forty companions. During his short visit to Portugal (from 9 January to 1 March), he established contacts with the high nobles of the Portuguese court and familiarized himself with the political and economic history of Portugal, recently liberated from the Spanish Crown. In the aftermath of this visit, he commissioned fifteen portraits of the generals of the War of Restoration (1640-1668). The present paper will focus on the commissioning of these works, analysing the mediators of this process and the historical and artistic context of the Portuguese 17th century.


Baroque, Portugal, Italy, Feliciano de Almeida, Cosimo III de' Medici, Portraiture, Painting, Tiles