1544 through 1545 Eleonora di Toledo col figlio Giovanni (Galleria degli Uffizi - Firenze, Toscana Italy)

She is with with her son Giovanni. She had six children who lived to adulthood. Giovanni became a Cardinal.

According to Wikipedia, rumor had it that this dress served as her shroud, but researchers found she was buried in another dress. According to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this dress may have never existed - Bronzino may have filled it in from a sample of fabric and this painting may have advertised Florentine craftsmanship - and the Medicis.

Upgrade image posted 30 September 2012 from the Google Art Project; spots removed with Photoshop by gogm.

This 1544 Bronzino painting shows Eleonora de Toledo gorgeously dressed wearing a pomegranate print with a jeweled headdress and a jeweled reticulated partlet. She wears mild examples of what the English called "French sleeves" that begin with a roll where sleeve joins bodice, rapidly tapering so the sleeve narrows down to the cuff either by tapering, as seen here, or by changing to a consistent closer fit.

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