Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino (1514–1574)
Oil on copper
5 1/2 x 4 in. (14 x 10.2 cm); frame: 7 1/8 x 4 7/8 in. (18.1 x 12.5 cm)
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2009
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
Guidobaldo II della Rovere (1514–1574) was a professional soldier, ruler of the duchy of Urbino, and an important patron of armor. This portrait includes his batons of command and portions of the embossed armor made by Filippo Negroli of Milan. The right shoulder defense belonging to the same armor, one of the finest made and most imaginatively designed Renaissance parade armors in the all'antica (antique) style, is also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 14.25.714i).