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).
Inscription: Inscribed on the reverse, within a scrolling banderole: GUIDOBALDVS / URB.' / DUX. V. (Guidobaldo of Urbino, fifth duke).
[Art dealer, New York, until 2009; sold to MMA].
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Pyhrr, Stuart W., José-A. Godoy, and Silvio Leydi. Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filippo Negroli and His Contemporaries. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 147.
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