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An International Museum Collection
Fine Art Limited Edition
“Artist: Ligozzi, Jacopo (c. 1547-c. 1632)
Title: Charadrius Alexandrinus
Kentish plover (Charadrius
alexandrinus), kingfisher (Alcedo ispida), Charadrius himantopus, edible frog
Genre: Drawing Period/Style: Late
Location: Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli
Edition medium: Giclée on Somerset Velvet Paper 330g.
Inks: Archival pigment inks
Color Permanence: Rated for 100+
Print Size: 22″ High x 31″ Wide.
Limited Edition of 300, numbered 31/300. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Embossed with the seal of Circa Publishing!
These are no longer being made. This is the last one.
(1547 – 1627)
Collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Jacopo Ligozzi, an Italian painter and naturalist, is
perhaps best known for his intimate
paintings of the plants and animals in the Granducali Gardens owned by Francesco
Famous for their three centuries of political influence and artistic patronage,
the Medici family
received many rare plant specimens from merchants and ambassadors traveling abroad
who felt it was their duty to procure beautiful examples of the world’s flora
and fauna for their rulers. Ligozzi was called in 1577 to archive the profuse collection
of rare plants in the Grand Duke’s collection, creating over eighty detailed
portraits (two hundred years before the emergence of Audubon) that served as testament
to the unique and prized collection owned by the Medici Family.
Ligozzi’s attention to detail and rich use of color contributed
to his amazingly realistic
portraits of plants. Occasionally, to accentuate a rare plant specimen he would
include an exotic bird from the Medici collection, meticulously rendering it down
to the most subtle detail of each feather. In 1543, Cosimo de Medici founded the
world’s first Orto Botanico in Pisa, followed by the Giardino delle Stalle in Florence,
where Ligozzi was also employed. Jacopo Ligozzi’s paintings sparked a phenomenon
of gardening societies, as they captured the wonder and beauty of unusual plants
in timeless, graceful portraits.