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Cesare Dandini
Florence, 1596-1657
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.