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Agnolo di Cosimo, called il Bronzino (Monticelli di Firenze, 1503 - Firenze, 1572)
Oil on canvas, 115 x 53 cm
Sala di Perseo
Andrea Doria was immortalised in the role of Neptune by Bronzino, who painted the portrait for the collection of portraits of illustrious men owned by Paolo Giovio, a prominent cultural figure of the 16th century. While the painting made for Giovio is now housed in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, there is a second version which can be seen in the Sala di Perseo. This portrait, depicting Andrea Doria as the god of the sea, was also painted by Bronzino, probably between 1545 and 1546. In the painting, Doria, depicted in heroic nudity and partly inspired by Michelangelo’s David, is leaning against the mast of a ship and he is grasping an oar in his right hand. The face has an idealised appearance compared to Andrea Doria's true features, with the long wavy beard traditionally attributed to Neptune.