Personification of Constancy, ca. 1634
Oil on wood panel.
The favorite painter of the Medici family, Dandini epitomized the conservatism of the later Florentine school and its patrons. Representing a return to the art of early Mannerism, the painting suggests the growing insecurities and intellectualism of a culture in isolation and decline. The subject of this painting was taken from Cesare Ripa’s famed book of emblems. Its lucid design, impenetrable psychology, and high finish are practically anti-naturalistic.