The Coat of Arms of the Medici supported in the Sky by Putti,
After Pietro da Cortona (b. Cortona, 1597-d. Rome, 1669)
The drawing is after the Medici family coat of arms, supported aloft in the sky by nude putti and surrounded by a wreath of trophies of war, which appears in the centre of Pietro da Cortona’s monumental ceiling fresco in the Sala di Marte in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Cortona was commissioned to paint frescoes of Allegories of Virtues and Planets on the ceilings of seven rooms in a suite on the piano nobile, which, with the exception of one room, he completed in 1640-47, returning thereafter to Rome.
black chalk, pen and brown ink and white heightening on grey-green paper; 413 x 263 mm.