Alessandro Allori

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The adopted nephew of Bronzino, Alessandro Allori was one of the major artists of late 16th-century Florence. By the 18th century, the picture was in the collection of Cardinal Valenti Gonzaga, and hung in his villa in Rome, which survives today as the Villa Bonaparte. The picture is depicted on a drawn architectural proposal by Panini for the Cardinal. It later passed through the collections of the Colonnas, Prince Lucian Bonaparte, Madame Mère and the Earls of Shrewsbury.