Francesco Sassetti (1421–1490) and His Son Teodoro

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 602

This dynastic portrait shows the Florentine banker Francesco Sassetti and his young son Teodoro, born in 1479. Teodoro was named after his elder brother, who died that same year. The boy’s pose reflects the preference for presenting women and children in profile to accentuate their holiness and purity, while the frontal, contemplative gaze of his father emphasizes the wisdom (and worries) of age. Sassetti managed the Medici banks in Avignon, Geneva, and Lyons, and was an advisor to Piero de’ Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent. The background shows an oratory built by Sassetti in Geneva.

Francesco Sassetti (1421–1490) and His Son Teodoro, Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi) (Italian, Florence 1448/49–1494 Florence), Tempera on wood

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