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Some Letters and Some Prints Dedicated to the Medici by Cherubino Alberti

Christopher Witcombe
The Sixteenth Century Journal
Vol. 22, No. 4 (Winter, 1991), pp. 641-660
DOI: 10.2307/2542369
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2542369
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Some Letters and Some Prints Dedicated to the Medici by Cherubino Alberti
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Abstract

Following a brief discussion of the dedicated print in the sixteenth century, this article uses evidence from letters written by the engraver and painter Cherubino Alberti (1553-1615) to show that several of the prints he dedicated to members of the Medici family were part of an attempt to interest the Medici in commissioning work from him. It is also argued that he was actively pursuing Medici patronage at a time in his career when his fortunes as a painter had largely collapsed following the death of his principal patron, Pope Clement VIII, in 1605.

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