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Cosimo I de' Medici

Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany

Firenze 1519 - Florence 1574
second Duke of Florence from 1537 until 1569, when he became the first Grand Duke of Tuscany (1569-1574)
Pietro Francavilla

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Statue of Grand Duke Cosimo in the robes of Grand Master, standing on a high pedestal, in the act of subduing a dolphin, symbol of his domination over the seas. The fountain, in front of the pedestal, has a basin in the form of a shell decorated with two grotesque monsters.

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The statue was commissioned by Grand Duke Ferdinando I in 1596 to celebrate his father as the first Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen and is a civic symbol of the hegemony of Florence.


ordo eq. s. steph.
cosmo medici m.
dvci etr. conditori
et parenti svo
gloriosiss. perp.
mem. c. statvam e
marmore collo

Ferdinando med.
mag. dvce etr. et
ord. mag. magist.
iii feliciter
anno domini
m d xcvi


Pisa - Cosimo I de' Medici

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Location (N 43°43'10" - E 10°24'0")

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Item Code: itto011; Photograph: 7 May 2017
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