Medici Portraits at the Stibbert Museum Virtual Exhibition

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The collection of paintings at the Stibbert Museum is relatively unknown or considered supplementary to its collection of weapons and costumes. However, in reality, it is an impressive collection of original works in its own right, including some by renowned artists. The collection ranges from the 15th to the 19th century, and presents an incredible variety of paintings, amongst which are portraits, sacred subjects, genre scenes, still lifes, and historical paintings.

"Medici Portraits at the Stibbert Museum" is a virtual exhibition, which aims to shed new light on this part of the collection, through the presentation of its most prominent Medici portraits. These works are interesting, not only because of the variety of subjects and artists, but also because they illustrate the "exhaustive" manner of Frederick Stibbert's collecting.

Stibbert's portraits of the Medici, including a 19th century copy, span three centuries of the life of this Florentine dynasty, from Lorenzo the Magnificent to Giangastone.

The virtual exhibition "Medici Portraits at Stibbert Museum" consists of seven thematic sections: tthe origin of the Medici iconography and its evolution from the Signoria to the Grand Duchy, the diffusion of the Medici portraits with particular attention to Justus Suttermans and his workshop, the portraits feminine and childlike, the policy of alliances through marriages.

During this historic lockdown, the virtual exhibition has enabled the Stibbert Museum to keep its doors open and enable visitors to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of its collections.

Hosting this exhibition in collaboration with the students from the Lorenzo de’ Medici-Marist College Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program, has resulted in a fresh perspective and enabled us to jointly create this project and the associated texts.


Exhibition organized by

Museo Stibbert, Firenze

Enrico Colle, Director of the Musem


Curated by

Martina Becattini


In collaboration with

M.A. in Museum Studies, MARIST College – Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici


The exhibition project was realised with the collaboration of

Christopher Baldwin, Christine Carletta, Julia Chen, Sarah Combs, Jomarie Perez Serrano, Kaitlin Phillips, Kimberly Woodward

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