Things to see: Justus Sustermans The Senators of Florence swearing Allegiance to Ferdinando II de’Medici

Last time I wrote about Grisoni’s Rape of Proserpina. In the same room is this big painting by Flemish painter Justus Sustermans. It shows The Senators of Florence swearing Allegiance to Ferdinando II de’Medici.

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Just like the Rape of Proserpina the painting was big and bolt and custom-made to go with the Niobe-collection of de Medici family. The painting clearly shows how powerful and rich the family was. It leaves    no question about who held the power in Florentine. The crown, the scepter, the ermine, the brocade clothes and lion all show that. The lion with his paw on a sphere is an old symbol showing the power and independence Florence had enjoyed since it freed itself from the German empire in 1252.

Again the painting works very well with the statues and the room because it was especially designed for that room and those statues.

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Buonasera amici miei,

Hilde

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