Oil on linen
121 x 92.5 cm, shaped stretcher
Elements of the Florentine court portrait are showing the trappings of wealth in clothing and jewels and depicting the figures tranquillo, with impassive faces.
This is a shaped canvas reinterpretation of the mannerist portrait by Bronzino of Eleanor of Toledo and her son Giacomo.
I have reacted to the mode of the portrait – the dress wears the woman rather than vice versa and the boy now holds an anachronistic Roley toy from Bob the Builder despite tranquillo to allow him childhood.
I had fun with this.